Harris: Coronavirus containment may not be possible indefinitely

Health minister says he expects to see ‘many, many more cases in Ireland’

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘Let me be very clear, we’re going to see many many more cases in Ireland, we’re going to see many more cases in Europe.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘Let me be very clear, we’re going to see many many more cases in Ireland, we’re going to see many more cases in Europe.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak will get worse in Ireland and containment of the virus may not be possible indefinitely, Minister for Health Simon Harris said in Brussels on Friday.

“Let me be very clear, we’re going to see many, many more cases in Ireland, we’re going to see many more cases in Europe, ” Mr Harris told reporters. ”When we last met here in Brussels three weeks ago there were about 40 cases of Covid-19 in the European Union. There are now over 5,000. And we expect that we are going to see many more cases. Irish people should know that, and should not be unduly panicked by that. There’s no room for complacency, but nor is there any need for panic.”

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