Coronavirus pandemic: Ireland records highest transmission rate in the world

In the midst of a third wave of coronavirus infections, Ireland now holds the unhappy title of the nation with the highest transmission rate in the world. The country of five million has suffered only 2,397 virus deaths to date and gained plaudits for the way it handled two previous pandemic waves. In December, it had the lowest incidence rate in the European Union after becoming the first member country to launch a second lockdown. But now it sits atop a world table tracking fresh infections. There were 1,288 confirmed cases per million of the population on Monday according to data compiled by Oxford University -- placing Ireland first, ahead of the Czech Republic and Slovenia.