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Future Covid-19 lockdowns are not inevitable – Coveney

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has stated that future Covid-19 lockdowns are not inevitable and that a national effort is required to slow the spread of the virus.

He spoke on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics where he stated that the Government’s advice is similar to that of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan, where people are asked “To limit their social contacts, to make sure that rooms are ventilated, to wear masks when people are in crowds indoors and outdoors, to work from home when you can.”

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He said that nobody wants to implement a lockdown, however, they will be reintroduced if necessary.

“Future lockdowns are not inevitable, but this requires a national effort to do what we know works to slow down, at least, the spread of this virus.”

He added that lockdowns would be implemented on the back of public health advice to ensure the interventions “are accurate and have the maximum effect possible”.

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With €8.8 billion spent on PUP payments far, Coveney said that the Government would continue to support vulnerable sectors that are restricted.

IMAGE – “Simon Carbery Coveney” (CC BY 2.0) by EU2017EE

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