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Return to offices looking “less likely” as Covid-19 cases rise – Donohoe

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said the return of workers to offices is looking “a little less likely” as Covid-19 cases took an unexpected rise.

As it stands, the majority of remaining Covid-19 restrictions are due to be eased from next Friday, October 22nd.

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However, a number of health officials and politicians have cast doubt over the plans as cases took an unexpected rise in recent days.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin warned on Wednesday that the easing of restrictions cannot be guaranteed as “the pandemic has not gone away”.

Paschal Donohoe told The Pat Kenny Show that the full return of workers is looking a little less likely due to the rise of cases.

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“We do know that when we go through big changes in mobility and activity within our society, it affects where we are with the disease,” Donohoe said.

“The most recent triggers of that are the return to school, the return to college and we’re going to really look at that carefully next week”.

“What I want to avoid is being in a situation that the progress that we’ve made, with re-opening the economy, that we have to reverse our current level of progress,” he continued.

“So NPHET are going to be meeting early next week, they’ll advise the government, and we’ll make a decision on the matter on Tuesday.”

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