WHO member believes Eire will think about out of doors residing with eating & recreation as Covid ‘a lot much less seemingly’ to unfold

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ALL countries including Ireland will consider reopening the outdoors with dining and recreation, according to the World Health Organization.

New numbers recently showed that only one confirmed case of Covid-19 in a thousand was due to an outdoor transmission.

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All restaurants and cafes are closed due to level 5 restrictionsPhoto credit: Getty

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Recent data has shown that virus transmission outdoors is extremely lowCredit: Alamy
World Health Organization Special Representative for Covid-19, Dr.  David Nabarro

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World Health Organization Special Representative for Covid-19, Dr. David NabarroImage credit: AFP
Maynooth professor Paul Moynagh called for rewards for those who recovered from Covid-19

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Maynooth professor Paul Moynagh called for rewards for those who recovered from Covid-19

The data confirmed that Covid-19 is much less likely to spread outdoors, raising the question of whether outdoor activities can be reopened.

Dr. World Health Organization special envoy on Covid-19, David Nabarro, said he believes that all countries, including Ireland, will consider outdoor living, with food and recreation being considered for a safe reopening.

OUTDOOR LIFE

Speaking of the Newstalk breakfast, the WHO doctor said, “I think all countries will look at more outdoor living because there is so much evidence that the disease spreads much less often when people meet outdoors and especially If they are careful and caring, maintain physical distance.

“Then your chances of getting sick are very, very slim indeed.”

He added, “So I think we will be putting a lot of emphasis on al fresco dining and recreation.”

Meanwhile, a top Irish expert said people who have recovered from Covid-19 infection should be given the same freedoms as those who have been vaccinated.

IMMUNITY BONUS

Paul Moynagh, a professor at Maynooth, said those who developed virus antibodies have been shown to be protected from re-infection for nine months or more.

The government is currently considering giving people who have had their thrusts a “vaccination bonus” to give them more freedom from restrictions.

Speaking of the Newstalk Breakfast, Prof. Moynagh said it was necessary to “gradually open society” but called for a similar bonus for those with immunity.

He said, “I think if someone has antibodies and is infected with the virus and has antibodies, they should be given the same status as someone who has been vaccinated.

“We know it now, and all the studies show that if you’ve been infected with the virus, you’ll have really good protection for at least eight, nine months, and probably longer.”

HOSPITAL DROP

In Irish hospitals, the number of patients admitted with confirmed Covid-19 has fallen by over 40 overnight, according to the latest HSE figures.

At 8 p.m. last night, a total of 220 patients were treated with the virus in hospitals across the country, compared to 263 the night before.

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However, the number of patients in intensive care units has not decreased in a similar manner.

Last night, 58 patients were in intensive care units with the virus, compared to 55 the night before. And 37 patients fight the virus on ventilators in the intensive care unit.

Mater is currently the busiest hospital for Covid in the country. 27 patients were enrolled. 24 patients are cared for in Beaumont, 23 in Tallaght and 21 in St. James.

The number of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit rose overnight

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The number of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit rose overnightImage credit: HSE