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Ireland has the world's highest Covid-19 rate. How did it go so wrong?

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The seasonality of the virus, the presence of the more transmissible UK variant and households mixing over Christmas all contributed to the surge, according to a government spokesperson from the office of Prime Minister Micheál Martin.

In the seven days leading up to January 10, Ireland reported around 1,323 Covid-19 cases per one million people, the statistics showed, more than any other country over the same period.

The more contagious UK variant, discovered in Ireland for the first time on Christmas Day, "had a very significant impact [on] the growth of cases because it is believed to be between 50% and 70% more transmissible," the spokesperson added.

Some 40% of Ireland's most recent positive cases of Covid-19 are caused by the more contagious UK variant, said Cillian De Gascun, director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, in a statement on Monday.

There are currently 1,582 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Ireland, of which 146 are in intensive care, just short of the springtime peak of 155, according to the health department.

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