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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.


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.”


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

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


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