Chief Medical Officer forecasts daily case numbers will likely peak at 3,000 by the middle of this month, as restrictions are removed.
A prominent immunologist is raising concerns that the easing of restrictions is too swift.
On Tuesday, the government announced a new timeline, intending to lift virtually all Covid 19 restrictions, on a staggered basis, by October 22nd.
Mask wearing will be retained, thereafter, in certain settings.
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While the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan, says in an optimistic scenario daily case numbers will likely peak at 3,000 by the middle of this month, as restrictions are removed.
He wrote to government last week to say this could lead to up to 700 people being hospitalised with the virus, with 130 Covid patients in ICU.
Christine Loscher is Professor of Immunology and Dean of Research at the Faculty of Science and Health at DCU.
She joined Clem Ryan on Thursday's edition of Kildare Today.