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Friday, January 21, 2022

We are not going back to lockdowns – Taoiseach

As Ireland experiences a surge in Covid-19 cases, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has assured that the country will not be entering any more lockdowns to suppress the spread of the virus.

With the surge in new cases once again putting significant pressure on hospitals and ICUs around the country, Martin stated, “We do not want to go back, and we are not contemplating going backwards. The only issue facing us now is going forward.”

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Although lockdowns will not be an option, next week’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions could be delayed until the surge is suppressed.

One measure that is being suggested is extending the use of Covid-19 vaccine certificates for indoor activities, which is supposedly being removed by October 22nd.

The government is also suggesting that the vaccine booster programme be extended and will also be launching a new initiative to encourage those who are partially vaccinated and unvaccinated to get the vaccine.

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The Sunday Independent has learned that the government will also be increasing spot-check inspections in pubs and restaurants to prevent the rise of Covid-19 cases.

It’s understood that environmental officers have been told to “blitz” the hospitality sector to put an end to “nod and wink” culture, which is basically turning a blind eye to Covid-19 vaccine certificates.

Political and health authorities believe that this culture has contributed to the increase in Covid-19 cases.

IMAGE – “File:Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020 (50051632532).jpg” by Houses of the Oireachtas from Ireland is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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