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Thursday, December 2, 2021

No guarantee that Covid-19 restrictions won’t return – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said there is no guarantee that Covid-19 restrictions won’t return in Ireland.

“The model we received from NPHET was looking at a peak towards the end of November”, Martin said.

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“It is very concerning, the high rises in Covid-19 cases”.

The Taoiseach noted that Ireland is in a much different place to last year as a result of the effort made by the public, the high vaccination uptake and the increased use of antigen testing.

“Collectively if we continue to work to just be cautious in terms of our individual behaviours, we can avoid the need to return or any negative, backward progress,” he said.

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“We’ve learned from Covid-19 that no one can guarantee anything in respect of it, and we have to take it seriously. The vaccines work. We are in a different position to the one we were at last year.”

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly today asked for an extension of emergency powers until February 2022.

The emergency powers were due to expire on November 9th.

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

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