Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has cautioned that “enhanced restrictions” may be needed this winter as Covid-19 hospitalisations rise.
Ministers today agreed to implement midnight closures of hospitality settings, as well as expanding the use of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate to cinemas and theatres.
The Tánaiste said vaccine immunity is waning and the regime will be three doses.
“Unfortunately and it’s hard to say this, but the situation is difficult and we’re going to have to get through a difficult winter,” Varadkar said.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin warned that the situation will get worse before it gets better.
“The situation was one that demands fairly quick action in terms of easing that pressure on the hospital system. Case numbers are very high. We have to make decisions but collectively as a society, we have to look out for each other. The numbers will get worse before they get better,” Martin said.
“The situation is very concerning. There is an obligation to reduce our social mobilisation. We have to limit the spread of the disease and that is up to all of us.”
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