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NPHET expected to consider increasing mask-wearing proposals

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is expected to consider increasing mask-wearing proposals.

These proposals would include mask-wearing at outdoor events and possibly primary schools.

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NPHET member and President at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland Professor Mary Horgan has stated avoiding lockdowns is the right way to go but the situation has to be watched closely.

She told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that it may be time to consider the use of masks for primary schools.

She added that the incidence rate at primary schools has been high over the last few months which she attributed to the group not being vaccinated or being required to wear masks.

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It also seems likely that the European Medicines Agency will approve vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 years old.

Horgan acknowledged that it’s difficult for younger children to wear masks.

Although hopeful that another lockdown will be avoided, Horgan said that there are “loads of tools” that need to be effectively used in order to achieve this.

“Avoiding lockdown at all costs would be the right way to go at this point in time, but it’s always a bit uncertain and unpredictable”.

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