CMO braced for increase in Covid cases

The Chief Medical Officer says the 744 Covid-19 cases confirmed yesterday understate how serious the outbreak is in the Republic right now.


Dr Tony Holohan expects “a large increase in cases” in the days ahead following low levels of testing over Christmas.


He’s urging people not to have visitors at home.


Four more patients have died, and 50 more people were taken to hospital on St Stephen’s Day.


There were 33 more cases of Covid-19 reported in Donegal in the latest set of figures, 12 in Sligo and less than 5 in Leitrim.



Infectious diseases specialist Professor Sam McConkey says if the virus has got into a family home this Christmas, the last thing to do is start the blame game.