Covid cases expected to rise due to reopening, says consultant

There's an expected rise in Covid-19 cases in the next couple of weeks following the country's reopening, according an infectious disease consultant.

379 new cases of the disease and nine further deaths were confirmed yesterday.

There's 106 people with the virus being treated in hospital, with 34 in ICU. 

The five-day moving average of new cases is 422 - down around 10% on last week.

Dr Eoghan De Barra says the numbers will rise due to the easing of restrictions.

"I would suspect they're going to stay around that mark, and in fact see a slight uptick as we get increased mixing,

"The key thing now is whether it leads to an increase in hospitalisations, because we obviously have a protected population in terms of age, but we obviously have a large population that remains at risk, and there's a considerable amount of covid circulating in the community still."

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