Some new Covid measures may take weeks to make impact

Some new Covid measures may take weeks to make impact

By now it plays out as theatre – the initial warnings, the appeal to personal responsibility, the grim predictions and, finally, the Taoiseach’s sombre address to the nation.

Other countries have had their own surges and crises in this pandemic – even now over a dozen European states have more Covid-19 patients in hospital than Ireland – but in few of them do events demand as much drama as in Ireland.

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