An Taoiseach has said that Ireland’s reopening has been the “slowest in Europe”, claiming it is “wise” to do so.
“We must keep everything in perspective, the broad messaging from public health we’ve adhered to,” he said.
“That’s not going to be the make or break issue here, the issue is a very highly transmissible variant. We’ve been slowest in Europe in terms of reopening society, I think wisely. We’ve been cautious.”
Martin went on to say that as the country continues to reopen, the people must remain cautious and very careful.
The Department of Health reported a further 1,173 cases of Covid-19 today in Ireland.
“The Delta variant is here, there will be an increase in case numbers, we’re watching very carefully the impact on hospitalisations and on ICUs,” an Taoiseach said.