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Taoiseach says Delta situation is ‘serious’ and warns ‘there will be a high volume of cases’

An Taoiseach has said he is concerned with the Delta variant, saying the variant is serious and requires people to remain vigilant.

“I’ve been concerned for quite some time with the Delta variant”, Martin said today. “The situation is serious in respect of Delta and all of us have to be vigilant in terms of our individual behaviours,” Martin said.

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“There will be a high volume of cases – case numbers will continue to grow. We’re going to keep a very close eye on the hospitalisations that result from that and illness that results from that, and mortality of course.”

“The fundamental objective is we want to prevent people from getting Covid”, he continued.

Martin is to meet with members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on Wednesday to discuss the recent rise in cases.

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The Taoiseach went on to say that although case numbers are rising, the country is in a different position to last year due to the vaccination programme.

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