The new Covid measures may take weeks in some cases to make an impact

We must wonder why the rate at which cases translate into hospitalisations has hardly improved since vaccines were available

How is the health service managing the resources it has? Why, for instance, had University Hospital Limerick 95 patients waiting for admission on Tuesday while other similarly-sized hospitals had no patients on trolleys?  Photograph: Getty Images

How is the health service managing the resources it has? Why, for instance, had University Hospital Limerick 95 patients waiting for admission on Tuesday while other similarly-sized hospitals had no patients on trolleys? Photograph: Getty Images

By now it plays out as theatre – the initial warnings, the appeal to personal responsibility, the grim predictions and, finally, the Taoiseach’s sombre address to the nation.

Other countries have had their own surges and crises in this pandemic – even now over a dozen European states have more Covid-19 patients in hospital than Ireland – but in few of them do events demand as much drama as in Ireland.

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