The COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland: An overview of the health service and economic policy response

Brendan Kennelly*, Mike O'Callaghan, Diarmuid Coughlan, John Cullinan, Edel Doherty, Liam Glynn, Eoin Moloney, Michelle Queally

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Objectives: To outline the situation in Ireland with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Analyse the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland. Review the key public health and health system responses. Results: Over 1700 people have died with COVID-19 by July 19th while almost 3000 people had been admitted to hospital with COVID-19. A high proportion of the deaths occurred in nursing homes and other residential centres who did not receive sufficient attention during the early phase of the pandemic. Conclusions: Ireland's response to the COVID-19 crisis has been comprehensive and timely. Transparency, a commitment to a relatively open data policy, the use of traditional and social media to inform the population, and the frequency of updates from the Department of Health and the Health Services Executive are all commendable and have led to a high level of compliance among the general public with the various non-medical measures introduced by the government.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-429
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Policy and Technology
Issue number4
Early online date17 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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  • COVID-19
  • Economic impact
  • Health system
  • Hospitals
  • Ireland
  • Public health

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