Public Health Expert Says Ireland Almost Has The Highest Rate Of Coronavirus In The World

6,888 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Republic along with 8 more deaths.

It means more Covid-19 cases have been reported in the Republic in the past two weeks, than in the first eight months of the pandemic here.

The country's 14 day incidence rate has risen to 1,291 per 100,000 population.

Professor Anthony Staines says the spiralling cases are much worse than predicted:

"The numbers are much higher than I think anyone had feared. We now have almost the highest rate of COVID-19 on the planet which is very worrying. And our rate has gone up much faster than other European countries. We have gone up a little bit like the British, and that it seems to be a mixture of a lot of movement and social activity around Christmas."

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