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Masks for primary school children to be considered by NPHET

As the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) hopes to avoid another lockdown, new proposals are being considered such as expanding mask-wearing to outdoor events and primary schools.

NPHET member Mary Horgan has stated that mask-wearing should be considered for primary schools children, citing high cases amongst the age group.

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Horgan stated that the high cases could be a result of this group not being vaccinated and not being required to wear face coverings.

According to new figures, one in every hundred children has tested positive for the virus in the last week with a report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) showing that 5,375 contracted the virus last week.

In the last two weeks, 10,154 contracted the virus. Being the highest case rate of any age cohort, the HPSC said that the vast majority of children were contracting the virus in the community.

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Infectious disease consultant Dr. Eoghan De Barra noted that the virus is milder in children.

“The direct health impact on children has been modest in their physical health so thankfully the numbers of children that end up severely unwell is small.”

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