Why Ireland has the highest infection rate in the world

Relaxation of Christmas restrictions, return of the diaspora, British variant: in the week before January 11, the Emerald Isle recorded an average of 1,394 cases per million inhabitants, more than the neighboring United Kingdom and that the United States.

“Haven’t we all felt a little guilty pleasure in seeing the British screw up so much, month after month? In any case, now nobody laughs anymore ”, squeaks theIrish Independent. Among the best students on the continent at the beginning of December, at the end of a second national confinement, Ireland sees the curve of Covid-19 infections soar. So much so, reports the Dublin newspaper, that the country has recorded “The highest infection rate in the world” with 1,394 cases per million inhabitants, on average, in the week preceding January 11. More than the neighboring United Kingdom (810), where a record number of 1,564 dead was added to the balance sheet on Wednesday, Portugal (735) and the United States (653).

The number of people in intensive care has increased over the period [d’une semaine] from 21 to 146, while a total of 2,532 people lost their lives to the virus. ”

According to Irish health authorities, the British variant is between 50% and 75% more transmissible than the identified version of

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