There have been 11 deaths and 366 cases in the past 24 hours.
But Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn believes the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, despite persistently high rates of coronavirus infection throughout the country.
“We are concerned about the current profile of #COVID19 in Ireland and we are asking people to stick with the public health advice over the coming weeks and months.” Dr Glynn tweeted.
“However, there are many reasons for us to be hopeful as we look forward into 2021.”
Here’s a list of five things Dr Glynn says are in our favour:
“Research: Significant global investment and research into #COVID19 mean we know much more about this virus and disease now than we did just eleven months ago.
“Treatment: Doctors have a much better understanding of the disease and there have been significant positive developments in how people hospitalised with #COVID19 are treated.
Treatment: Doctors have a much better understanding of the disease and there have been significant positive developments in how people hospitalised with #COVID19 are treated.
— Dr Ronan Glynn (@ronan_glynn) November 18, 2020
“Our health care workers: We have a very committed health workforce who work around the clock to prevent, contain, manage and treat #COVID19 along with all of their non-COVID workload.
“Vaccine prospects are encouraging. While we await further developments it is vital that we continue to keep our physical distance, be mindful of those more vulnerable to the disease and limit our social contacts.
“Our collective effort: The efforts of the majority have sustained our response from the start. People continue to make very significant sacrifices, to do the right things, protecting themselves and their families, but also for the greater collective good of their wider community.”
Dr Glynn urged the public to double down on efforts to control the spread of the virus: “Over the next two weeks, we must continue to drive down this disease in our community, to once again stop #COVID19 in its tracks.” he added.