Immunology Professor Paul Moynagh, says that Ireland is now “as close as we are going to get” to widespread COVID immunity.
While the Department of Health has confirmed the country’s one-millionth, the Maynooth Professor says that in reality there are likely far more.
He told Newstalk Breakfast this morning, that the reality is we have had far more than one million cases of the virus in Ireland.
“We have had half-a-million cases in the last eight weeks and most people will accept the reality is we have had a multiple of that,” he said.
“So, if we have had maybe a million and a half cases and you put on top of that the number of people who have been boosted, we are getting to a situation where, at least in the short term, the virus will have difficulty in terms of finding new people to infect.
“So, I think you will see this curve bending over and I think the anticipation is it will happen in the next week or so.”
His observations come as the government is reviewing restrictions against the milder nature of the Omicron variant and demands to open up hospitality.