Leo Varadkar has said Ireland need to ‘avoid getting back into a spiral of fear’ as cases will rise in the coming weeks.
The Fine Gael leader said the country can withstand the further wave due to the high levels of vaccination in the country.
He went on to say that the lifting of restrictions in England announced by Boris Johnson yesterday is “too risky” in his opinion.
“What was announced in England yesterday was in my view too risky,” he said.
“The prospect of packed theatres in the West End and nightclubs in Manchester being packed to the rafters is one that would concern us quite frankly here in this country because if things go wrong in England it will have spillover effects in Ireland and on the other neighbours, ” he continued.
He went on to say that “we need to avoid getting back into a spiral of fear here”.
“The Delta wave is happening but it’s going to be different to other waves and that’s because of the vaccination program,” he said.
“I want to to reassure people, you will see cases rise dramatically over the next few weeks, but it’s not the same as it was back in the Alpha wave or last year.”