HSE Chief Executive says eliminating Covid-19 ‘isn’t realistic’

The HSE chief executive says eliminating Covid-19 from Ireland ‘isn’t realistic’ and we must live with it.

Paul Reid will also tell the Oireachtas coronavirus committee today that the health service faces ‘a very difficult period’ ahead.

He says over 750,000 Covid-19 tests have taken place in the country to date – with 5,000 contact tracing calls made last week.

92 new cases of Covid-19 has been reported in Ireland with no deaths, meaning the toll stands at 1,777.

Of today’s new cases, 31 are in Tipperary, 17 in Dublin, 7 in Clare, 7 in Wexford, 5 in Limerick, and 25 spread across 12 other counties including Donegal.

There are now 516 cases in Donegal, 156 in Sligo and 85 in Leitrim; 2.7% of all cases are in the north west.

Dr Denis McCauley, the chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation’s GP committee, agrees it’s impossible to eliminate Covid from Ireland.