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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Recent spike in Covid-19 cases ‘very concerning’ – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Ireland is “very concerning.”

Martin further said there are no guarantees that restrictions will not be reintroduced as a result of the rise in cases and hospitalisations.

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He went on to say that the use of antigen testing is increasing and if people “collectively remain cautious we can avoid the need to have a backward return to restrictions”.

The Taoiseach said that “no one can guarantee anything”, but Ireland is in a much better position than last year as a result of vaccines.

Yesterday, the Government approved NIAC’s recommendation to extend booster vaccines to healthcare workers.

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The approval came as upwards of 3,500 healthcare staff are off work as a result of Covid-19.

mRNA vaccines – Pfizer or Moderna – will be given to healthcare staff six months after their initial vaccination, and either vaccine will be administered regardless of the initial vaccine received.

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

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