Member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) Dr. Mary Faiver stated that new restrictions are unlikely to be introduced but cannot be ruled out entirely.
Her statement comes as Covid-19 cases continue to surge with the five-day moving average of new cases just below 3,000.
Currently, a so-called circuit breaker lockdown is not being considered at the moment, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan.
Despite this, NPHET has urged people to reduce their social interactions to reduce the spread of the virus.
Dr. Favier, who also serves as a Covid advisor to the Irish College of General Practitioners, told Newstalk Breakfast that she fears new restrictions could be inevitable if case numbers continue to rise.
“It’s so depressing to think about it – none of us have the stomach to go back. We need to find ways to work around this.”
She said that this Christmas will be entirely different to last Christmas due to the availability of the vaccination with the main concern being that non-Covid care is getting delayed or postponed due to a surge in hospitalisations.
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