Look at how many cases were in hospital in the beginning when the epidemic was in the early stage
Where? There seem to be just a few areas where hospitals were seriously burdened, all of which are very densely populated.... Also early on it appeared that ventilators were a necessary part of treatment but better protocols have been worked out since.
I'm not saying that coronavirus isn't serious (for segments of the population) or that lock down wasn't necessary. It was a reasonable idea in the beginning but it's not a viable long term strategy... it's single purpose is to buy time in order to:
-prepare the medical response (wards, equipment, personnel)
-develop treatment protocols....
-work out some devastatingly effective strategy
Luckily enough this has not been so necessary since most governments' response has been pretty pathetic.... the Polish government did as close to nothing as makes no difference, preferring a bunch of pointless squabbles about elections....
This has been a good illustration of the idea that if you don't have an exit strategy going into something you'll never get out as someone will always come up with numbers showing the world will end if the lock down isn't continued.
In the US one governor said the lock down needs to continue until deaths stop.... (I assume no more comment is necessary)
Apart from overwhelming people with numbers without context, what is the Irish government doing about it's disease ridden care homes?