Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that Ireland is learning to live with Covid-19 while adding that there are indications that the booster vaccine programme is having an impact.
Martin also appealed for people to adhere to public health guidelines with the Department of Health confirming 3,174 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday.
Senior lecturer in psychology at NUI Galway Dr. Gerry Molloy said that there is “pent-up demand” for socialising and a general feeling of safety when compared to last year which can be attributed to the success of the vaccination programme.
He stated that as a result, more social interactions have been taking place over the last three to four months while citing the latest data.
He added that the mid-term break and bank holiday weekend is likely to have “amplified” the frequency of social interactions.
He also stated that a lot of delayed social events such as weddings, communions and other gatherings were held during October.
“We have to accept people need quality social connection and celebration with others and we have to work with that”.
“We all need to think about how we make our social interactions and our spaces more sustainably safe.”
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