A 'comprehensive' winter plan to combat a potential second wave of Covid-19 during flu season is being worked on.
That's according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly who said they are not leaving it until October or November to put winter plan's together.
It follows a warning from the HSE that hospital services will be overrun if the scenario plays out.
The reproductive rate now stands between 1.4 and 1.8.
Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. ROnan Glynn has warned that if trends continue, we could be dealing with 150 cases or coronavirus per day in three weeks time.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says work's underway on a plan to deal with a spike during flu season:
"We are not leaving it until October or November to put winter plan's together. We're working closely with the HSE to put together a comprehensive plan to bring in everything we've learned from covid."
"Whatever capacity is required, new innovations that are required to deal with this coming winter and deal with these waiting lists which obviously are not sustainable."