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‘I can’t rule restrictions out, it would be reckless to do so’ – Varadkar

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said it would be reckless to rule-out further Covid-19 restrictions as cases remain high.

Varadkar said: “I can’t rule them out, it would be reckless to do so. But I can say it’s not our intention and we don’t expect to have to reimpose restrictions before Christmas.”


“The situation is fragile but it is stable. We will see cases hit around 4,000 today or tomorrow.”

The Tánaiste noted that the situation in hospitals is stable, which he said is reassuring and shows the protection offered by the vaccine is working.

He noted that infections and cases aren’t turning into hospitalisations and deaths.


“Deaths are happening and every death is a tragedy but the situation is stable, at least in the hospitals,” Varadkar said.

Varadkar went on to say that Merck’s antiviral drug against the virus – which was approved by the UK yesterday – would be a huge tool, encouraging the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to approve the antiviral drug.

“That tablet reduces your chances of being hospitalised in half,” Varadkar said.

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