Ireland ready to control a second wave of Covid-19, if it occurs 1 week ago

Ireland ready to control a second wave of Covid-19, if it occurs

"I would be confident that if things do go in the wrong direction, that we know what measures to take."

Ireland as a country will be able to deal with a second wave of Covid-19 if it occurs, according to Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

Speaking at Wednesday night's briefing, Glynn discussed the possibility of things going "in the wrong direction" with regards to a second wave of Covid-19 cases in Ireland.

He said: "There's no doubt that we will have to live with this virus for the foreseeable future.

"We don't have a vaccine, we don't have a treatment and we have one type of test as things currently stand."

He added: "It is a challenge, but we have seen with the measures we've taken that we can control it.

"I would not like the message to go out that there's nothing we can do as a population to control this.

"But I would be confident that if things do go in the wrong direction, that we know what measures to take."

Glynn was speaking in the absence of Tony Holohan on Wednesday.

Wednesday night's National Public Health Emergency Team briefing confirmed that 11 further people have died due to Covid-19 in Ireland.

This brings the total known death toll of the virus to 1,571, while 64 new cases of the virus were also confirmed.