More than 2,000 could die from Covid-19 by September, Nphet warns

‘Significant’ fourth wave likely due to Delta variant, letter to Government says

The letter from the chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the magnitude of a fourth wave of Covid-19 infection and the severity in terms of hospitalisations and deaths is still uncertain. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The letter from the chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the magnitude of a fourth wave of Covid-19 infection and the severity in terms of hospitalisations and deaths is still uncertain. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The State’s public-health emergency team warned the Government that the Delta Covid-19 variant is set to cause a “significant” fourth wave of infection that could kill more than 2,000 people.

In a letter sent by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, five separate modelling scenarios were presented for the coming months.

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