Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said record case numbers of the Omicron Covid-19 variant are expected over the coming days.
He said he is hoping and expecting that high infection numbers will not bring hospitalisations and deaths as high as earlier waves.
Varadkar said there are no plans to implement stricter restrictions, but such restrictions cannot be ruled out.
He further said the booster vaccine programme, along with mask wearing and reducing social contacts will be enough to deal with the Omicron wave.
The Tánaiste said it is expected that two million booster vaccines will be administered by years end.
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