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Taoiseach says Covid Pass extension and antigen testing being considered by Government

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has today said the use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate, or the Covid Pass, could be extended beyond October 22nd.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is meeting today before giving advice to Government ahead of this Friday’s reopening.

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The majority of restrictions are due to be lifted on Friday, but a recent spike in cases and hospitalisations has caused Government and members of NPHET to strike a more negative tone in recent days of a full reopening.

Speaking today in Sligo, the Taoiseach said the Government is considering a greater role for antigen testing as restrictions ease.

Martin said he is a strong believer in antigen testing and the use of such testing will be considered over the next 24 hours.

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He would not pre-empt tomorrow’s Cabinet decision, but he said: “We are in a much different space to this time last year because of vaccination”.

Martin said vaccinations have transformed the situation and “our ability to deal and cope with the situation”.

“It is not Groundhog Day – I don’t accept that,” he said.

Cabinet will make a final decision tomorrow about the further reopening of the country on October 22nd.

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)

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