Coronavirus Ireland: Race to trace is ‘most important’ step in stopping COVID-19 spreading

Dr Greg Martin told Channel 4 News that countries that have used contact tracing throughout the coronavirus pandemic have seen tremendous results. Channel 4’s Ciaran Jenkins said: “You have called contact tracing the most important thing you could be doing right now, the most important thing?”

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Dr Martin replied: “Testing itself is useful, the next thing we do is we ask them to help us identify anyone at risk.

“So, we take a history from them and at the moment we go back to 48 hours before their symptoms began.  

“We identify anyone else who has been in contact with them in a way that could put that person at risk.

“We try to identify those people’s names and phone numbers.

“The next step is we get in touch with those people and we inform them of the risk and give them advice.

“The underlying rationale here is that we want to interrupt the chain of transmission.

“My understanding is that we are going to contact trace all the way through this pandemic.

“We will carry on right the way through this and countries that have done this have shown tremendous results.”   

At the time of writing, Ireland has the 24th highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The country has more than 3,800 cases in total.

The death toll in Ireland is currently 98. 

A total of 5 people have recovered from the virus in Ireland. 

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Worldwide there have been more than 1,000,000 COVID-19 cases. 

The death toll has reached more than 53,000 at the time of writing.

Over 213,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 245,000 confirmed cases.

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