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October 22nd reopening cannot be guaranteed – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has cautioned that the easing of the majority of Covid-19 restrictions on the 22nd of October is not guaranteed, stating that “the pandemic has not gone away”.

Stating that a final decision will not be made until next week, Martin said that there were some issues with Covid-19 cases in relation to a “sudden” increase in cases.

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He assured that they will “weigh everything up” before making a final decision.

Martin said, “Presentations were made to officials and I received a briefing on that this afternoon in respect of the growth of the seven-day incidence and in terms of the pattern of disease affecting all age groups now at this stage”.

Describing the situation as a “matter of concern”, Martin told the Dáil that “the pandemic has not gone away” and “requires all of us to be careful”.

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