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‘We have to start reopening & antigen testing is key’ – Professor Luke O’Neill

Professor Luke O’Neill has said Ireland needs to start reopening as over 90% of adults have now received at least one Covid-19 vaccine.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and Government are to decide this week on the revised roadmap for the easing of restrictions.

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“Clearly the Delta is out there – that’s changed everything. We need to be a little bit careful, but we have to start reopening,” O’Neill said speaking with Pat Kenny on Newstalk.

“My former colleague Paul Moynagh was saying this and I agree with him 100% – we need to get back towards things.”

“We’ll need to observe certain things – we’ll have to wear masks indoors still, and antigen testing is a key weapon. They’ll still be in place for the foreseeable future.”

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O’Neill went on to say it was “slightly unnerving” to see so many people not wearing masks at yesterday’s All-Ireland Hurling Final.

An Taoiseach is expected to give an announcement on August 31st, detailing the revised roadmap for easing restrictions.

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