‘Stark’ warning delivered to Ministers on Covid-19 trajectory in Ireland between now and Christmas

‘No talk of reimposing restrictions but concern peak and rapid fall cannot be assumed’

A busy South William Street on Friday night: Government sources have  pushed back against criticism from the hospitality sector, arguing it was reopening amid heightened concern and climbing infection numbers. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

A busy South William Street on Friday night: Government sources have pushed back against criticism from the hospitality sector, arguing it was reopening amid heightened concern and climbing infection numbers. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Senior Ministers were given a stark warning on the trajectory of Covid-19 on Tuesday night, with no guarantees that a coming peak in infection would rapidly fall away in the run-in to Christmas.

The Cabinet subcommittee on Covid-19 met on Tuesday evening and were told that while there were some grounds for optimism – including a flattening incidence of Covid among the over-80s, which could be thanks to booster shots – the peak of the current wave could still see between 2,500 cases and 4,000-5,000 per day.

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