Ireland may endure repeated waves of Covid-19 epidemics

Analysis suggests that, at best, there may be three more infection cycles before possible herd immunity occurs

A youngster and her puppy, Jack, on the beach at  Portrush   in Co Antrim as the sun goes down. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors from outside the area have been warned to stay away from the causeway coast. Photograph:  Margaret McLaughlin

A youngster and her puppy, Jack, on the beach at Portrush in Co Antrim as the sun goes down. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors from outside the area have been warned to stay away from the causeway coast. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

Ireland may have to cope with repeated waves of Covid-19 epidemics until a large enough proportion of the population is infected to provide possible herd immunity, new research warns.

At best, there may be three more cycles of infection before 60 per cent of the population have the virus, regarded as sufficient to provide potential herd immunity, according to the modelling analysis led by an Irish scientist at King’s College London.

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