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So that was 2020 — what does 2021 hold in store? Well, the year begins with an uptick in Ireland’s Covid numbers, hospitals under strain, and a sharp rise in the country’s coronavirus reproduction rate. The Republic’s docile public representatives fail to ask how its hospitals can be put under such pressure. What else is new? Here are the rest of my projections.

The effects of severe Covid strictures across northern Europe mean that, despite the UK’s Brexit transition period coming to an end on January 1, nobody notices any immediate consequences. Pandemic restrictions of varying severity endure until summer, when the combined effect of warmer weather and the successful vaccination of 80% of frontline medical staff, over-70s and those with other severe medical conditions