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Extending ‘Covid Pass’ and antigen testing on Cabinet agenda – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said extending the Digital Covid-19 Certificate to other sectors, as well as the wider use of antigen testing will be considered by Cabinet tomorrow.

The Cabinet sub-committee on Covid-19 is meeting this evening to discuss and assess the current epidemiological situation in the country.

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The full Cabinet will then meet tomorrow to make any final decisions on recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Micheál Martin said: “I believe in balance and believe in doing what’s best, particularly to reduce the incidence of Covid-19 in our society and also, obviously then in terms of hospitalisation and ICU.”

“There are three elements to that — the rollout of the booster campaign is an important element of it; the use of antigen testing more widely in society in addition to PCR is the second key element. Behaviour is a key element — how we all behave, how we are socialising. Those are the three key elements.”

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Martin said NPHET had not given specific sectors which could implement the Covid Pass system, so Government is seeking more information on that matter.

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