Covid-19 Transmission Rates Are Now As Bad As During The First Wave Of The Outbreak Here - Or Even Worse

That's the message from the Chief Medical Officer as 3,394 more cases were confirmed yesterday

It's close to double the previous all-time high. 

Dr Tony Holohan's urged the elderly and medically vulnerable not to leave home unless they "absolutely" have to, as public health doctors work a backlog of positive tests. 

Infectious diseases expert Professor Gerry Killeen says it could get far worse, if the more transmissible British strain starts to take hold too:

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