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Future lockdown cannot be ruled out – Donnelly

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has stated that future lockdowns cannot be ruled out and that it’s impossible to say if they will be implemented.

He said that although a lockdown cannot be ruled out, it is currently “not where we are”.

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This comes after a series of new measures were introduced yesterday to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Donnelly said that the National Public Emergency Team (NPHET) could make a recommendation in the future and is carefully monitoring the situation.

While speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Donnelly said that new modelling shows that if the country does not make changes, there may be between 200 and 450 people in ICU by Christmas week.

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He added that yesterday’s measures line up with advice given by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan and are designed to reduce social contacts quickly.

He also said that antigen tests have to play an important role and wants to see them subsidised as soon as possible.

IMAGE – Stephen Donnelly

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