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Taoiseach Plans To Fail
« on: February 24, 2021, 05:30:06 pm »

'REAL RISKS' Ireland may face ‘same challenges in controlling Covid-19’ next autumn and winter, plan reveals

Lauren Kelly
23 Feb 2021, 22:40Updated: 23 Feb 2021, 22:52

IRELAND may face the "same challenges in controlling Covid-19" next autumn and winter.

The Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead plan reveals cases may rise again for a number of reasons - despite most people being vaccinated by then.

It reads: "The expectation is that a significant majority of the population will be vaccinated by next Autumn/winter.

"Nevertheless, there are real risks that we may face the same challenges in controlling Covid-19 and protecting our health service as we did during this winter for a number of reasons:

"(1) the currently unknown impact of vaccines on transmission and the impact that variants may have remains uncertain.

"(2) opportunities for transmission increase during winter months
when people are closer together indoors in poorly ventilated spaces.

"(3) if the same level of social distancing measures are not in place, other respiratory infections will be in greater circulation, potentially
placing a double pressure on the health service.

"And (4) growing levels of fatigue with public health measures and consequent lower levels of adherence."

The highest level of coronavirus restrictions will continue in Ireland until April 5 at least, the Taoiseach confirmed earlier this evening.

Micheal Martin made the announcement in a live address to the nation from Government buildings, outlining the revised Living With Covid plan.

It was signed off by the Cabinet earlier. Level Five measures are to remain in place until after Easter.

The plan includes the phased reopening of schools and childcare, with some pupils set to return to the classroom on March 1.

Junior and senior infants, as well as first and second class in primary schools, will be among the first back to school.

Leaving Certificate students are also expected to return to the classroom next week.

A further 45 deaths of patients who tested positive for coronavirus in Ireland were announced, along with a further 575 confirmed cases of the virus.


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