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Leadership required if we're to seize opportunity to defeat coronavirus on island of Ireland

Dr Gabriel Scally


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'The Republic of Ireland has been running what appears to be a highly successful community-based programme since the beginning of the outbreak'

'The Republic of Ireland has been running what appears to be a highly successful community-based programme since the beginning of the outbreak'

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'The Republic of Ireland has been running what appears to be a highly successful community-based programme since the beginning of the outbreak'

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are feeling their way tentatively towards loosening restrictions and it is feasible to start thinking about what the endgame looks like for this dreadful pandemic in Ireland.

Both parts of the island have seen welcome reductions in deaths and this particular phase of the crisis seems to be drawing to a close.

The strategy announced by the Assembly Executive last week contained both a welcome commitment to reintroduce the 'find - test - trace - isolate' (FTTI) approach that was disastrously abandoned at Whitehall's behest on March 12 and also an acknowledgement of the World Health Organization criteria for easing restrictions.