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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

People must double down on public health measures – Ryan

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has called on the public to double down on health measures amid uncertainty over the new Omicron variant.

Minister Ryan was speaking about the new variant earlier today, stating that it would be two to three weeks before Ireland knew the impact of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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Although surveillance remains ongoing, it would take time to ensure whether the variant had infected anyone in Ireland.

He stated, “We don’t know. It is across Europe – Austria today joined the list of countries where it is. We do a lot of testing and it hasn’t been picked up yet, as I understand.”

“The national lab in UCD does a really good forensic examination, so we won’t know the real impact of this for a number of weeks. It would take two or three weeks to see does it increase transmissibility or increase illnesses or get around vaccines. So those are the three things we’ll be looking out for.”

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While speaking on RTÉ’s This Week in Politics, Ryan said that there are still 5,000 people a day getting infected in the country from just doing the “basic things” to get the numbers down.

However, Ryan denied that the Government was wrong to open society in October, saying that people “need to have contact and a social life” for the purposes of wellbeing.

He also stated that proposed restrictions for children “have to be temporary” as children also need to socialise.

IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0/Wikimedia Commons/”Delaware National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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