Michael McDowell: What is ‘the science’ politicians must follow?

No authoritative unitary understanding of Covid-19 epidemiological risks exists

Some argue all the sacrifices will be undermined if the control measures are relaxed and there is a second wave of infection. Photograph: Diamond Sky Images

Some argue all the sacrifices will be undermined if the control measures are relaxed and there is a second wave of infection. Photograph: Diamond Sky Images

The publication of an open letter signed by 1,000 citizens, including members of our scientific and healthcare community poses a political problem for whoever is in government in the coming weeks and months.

The signatories are demanding the Government doubles down on repressing coronavirus with a view to hunting it to extinction on the island of Ireland.

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