Leo Varadkar Says Half The Population Could Contract Covid-19

David Layde
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The Taoiseach says around half the population could be infected with Covid-19.

Speaking last night at a Department of Health briefing, Leo Varadkar said the HSE wants to avoid a spike that could overwhelm the health service.

54 new cases of coronavirus were also confirmed in the Republic bringing the total number to 223.Two people have died from the illness.

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Mr Varadkar said current increases cannot be stopped within the next few weeks.

“Half the population getting Covid-19 is accurate, that could certainly happen.

“For most people a very mild illness, for some a very serious one.

“The number of people who have Covid-19 will continue to rise every day, every week, for a couple of weeks. But the objective in a couple of weeks time is to flatten the curve then so that we don’t have a single spike at the same time that would that would overwhelm the health service.

“But the total number of cases will be very, very high.”