Social Distancing Could Continue Until Coronavirus Vaccine Is Available

Social Distancing could be part of Irish life until a vaccine for coronavirus is available, according to the Health Minister.

Simon Harris says there is ‘no magic point’ at the start of May where life before COVID-19 can resume.

A vaccine for the virus is not expected to be available for 12 to 18 months.


Currently across the country, the death toll stands at 334 – while the total number of positive cases in the Republic is 9,655. 88 of those are in Co. Clare. That’s a rise of three on the previous day’s figure for the county.

Minister Simon Harris says any restrictions that can be changed will depend on how we suppress the virus for the next three weeks.

Social distancing has made a difference, according to a top health official.

We’ve been urged to avoid close contact with others by maintaining a 2 metre gap.

HSE Chief Clinical Officer, Dr Colm Henry says it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how, but it is helping.