Children will only have to restrict their movements if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or are household close contacts from Monday.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan said schools are a low risk environment and now is the right time to evolve the contact tracing approach.
Holohan said: “The role education plays in our society is immense, and, throughout this pandemic, the necessary public health measures have been designed to protect this vital sector and the wider school community from the worst impacts of Covid-19.”
“The resumption of in-person education was associated with a significant increase in the numbers of children referred for testing in recent weeks. This was entirely to be expected.”
“Despite this increased testing, there has only been a relatively modest increase in the detection of cases in the school going age group. We have also seen the associated positivity rate recently decrease from 16pc to 5pc which is very reassuring,” he continued.
Holohan said from tomorrow, contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary schools, and testing asymptomatic close contacts in these settings will no longer be necessary.
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