There has been a slow rise in the number of cases over the last number of weeks, but there has been an uptick in the last number of days, according to Mary Favier, Director of the ICGP.

She told RTE Drivetime that people are continuing to present very late with symptoms, with some even having to be sent to the hospital immediately.

She also emphasised that GPs across the country are reporting this, not just on the east coast.

She also says that the statistics are different now to those in March and April, with many people under 45 being diagnosed, which is having a knock-on effect with fewer being hospitalised.

Favier also said that pubs should remain closed, and that while she is hopeful we don’t go back in phases, we should maintain the current rules.

GPs across the country are seeing fewer coughs, colds and flus at the moment because of social distancing, and that many are trying to play catch up so as to not allow non-COVID related illnesses go ignored.