Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the number of Covid-19 cases can be reduced in Ireland without going into lockdown.
Martin said the Government has other options to avoid a lockdown.
He then went on to say the booster vaccine programme will have an effect on hospitalisations.
“We can reduce the spread of this virus,” he said.
“The real issue here is the severe illness that people get from Covid. It can have very damaging impacts on people, in terms of long-term Covid and having to be hospitalised so we need to get it down.”
“The level of suppression has been quite high, we need to do more and get the R number below 1,” he continued.
“The responses during this phase don’t necessarily have to be the same as the early phases and we will take it step by step.”
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