Just 0.1% of Covid-19 cases in Ireland were contracted outdoors, new data suggests.
Analysis by The Irish Times states that one confirmed case of Covid-19 in every thousand is traced to transmission in the open air.
Of the 232,164 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the Republic of Ireland up to March 24th this year, 262 were as a result of outdoor transmission, according to data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre released to the newspaper.
Further international studies have also shown that outdoor transmission is very rare.
Some 42 outbreaks in Ireland have been associated with outdoor gatherings, including one community outbreak, 21 outbreaks on construction sites and 20 outbreaks associated with sporting activities.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says Ireland is making “huge progress” in the Covid-19 fight.
Minister Donnelly tweeted this morning: “One in six adults in Ireland has now received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. The no of people w/Covid in ICUs has fallen by about 75% since peak in late January. We’ve one of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe now. We’re making huge progress.”