Roadmap to end Covid restrictions to be discussed today

A roadmap to end Covid-19 restrictions will be discussed this afternoon when senior ministers and health officials meet.

It’s the first Covid sub-committee meeting in weeks, and will form the basis of a plan set to be announced later this month.

It comes amid a warning from the Chief Medical Officer of a continued rise in Covid hospital and ICU admissions.

1,861 cases were confirmed yesterday, 54 people are receiving intensive care, with Dr. Tony Holohan warning almost half of those are under 50 years of age.

Professor of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians, Emer Shelley, says extending the reopening will be difficult given the rising infection rates.

“The hope is that they would level off, but we’ve had a lot of reopening, and people forget that.

“It starts to become usual and normal to dine indoors for example if you’ve been fully vaccinated.

“You forget all of the restrictions that have been eased and we start to think about the restrictions that are still in place.”


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