Solidarity/People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy has accused the Government’s previous decisions of causing the country to ‘sleepwalk’ into a Christmas lockdown.
He spoke to the Dáil following a Cabinet meeting where a series of restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 were discussed.
He added that hospitals were in danger of being overrun and that our ICU capacity was half of the OECD average and that the current rate would see the average return in 13 years.
Mr. Murphy said that the abandonment of tracing and testing in schools had been disastrous, particularly when the Government “refuse to bring in anything other than guidance for ventilation.”
He said that the Government need to expand PCR testing, address the crucial issue of ventilation in every workplace and school, restore contact tracing and roll out the booster programme.
Responding to the comments, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that 35,000 carbon dioxide monitors had been distributed to schools and that the public health advice was that “our schools are safe places”.
He added that the situation was serious but that Murphy failed to recognise that Ireland was conducting 200,000 PCR tests a week, which was one of the best records in Europe.
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