Nearly half of Irish people believe the worst is ahead of us in relation to Covid-19 pandemic 4 weeks ago

Nearly half of Irish people believe the worst is ahead of us in relation to Covid-19 pandemic

Over half the country feels there should be more restrictions in place than is currently the case.

Just under half the population of Ireland feels that the worst is ahead of us in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research carried out by the Department of Health.

The survey, carried out by Irish Market Research and Data specialists Amárach on behalf of the Department of Health, revealed that 47% of respondents believe that the worst of the pandemic is “ahead of us”, compared to 22% who said it was “happening now” and 17% who said it was “behind us”.

In terms of the government’s current response to the pandemic, meanwhile, 54% of those surveyed said it was “appropriate”, with 39% describing it as “insufficient” and 7% saying that it was “too extreme”.

Amid speculation that more counties in Ireland will move to the Level 3 status that currently applies to Dublin, 52% of people said that there should be more restrictions in place than is currently the case, as opposed to 29% of people who said that no further restrictions should be applied.

Elsewhere in the survey, which is carried out on a weekly basis, it was revealed that 90% of the public wear a mask when in public places.

71% of respondents believe that the government’s measures on social distancing are “about right”, while 42% believe that Ireland is trying to return to normal at “about the right pace”.

On Monday, 188 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Ireland, 76% of which were in Dublin, with 25 cases in Cork, 21 in Donegal, 16 in Kildare, 13 in Galway, seven in Roscommon, seven in Waterford and the remaining 23 cases spread across 12 counties.

You can read the results of the survey in full here.