LiveCovid-19 Ireland Updates and NPHET Decision Locked Down at Christmas

LiveCovid-19 Ireland Updates and NPHET Decision Locked Down at Christmas

Varadkar admits that the action is ‘undeniable’ so all the details in the January lockdown

Leo Varadkar said the government hopes to ease contagious controls by two weeks before Christmas but a lockdown is needed in January.

Thanist He told Dale on Tuesday that he could not rule out further action in the New Year after things got smoother for the holiday season.

Mr. Varadkar It was clear that this approach would lead to more restrictions in January.

He added that in two or three weeks it will be much less than before.

“It cannot be ruled out. Once the virus reaches a certain stage, we see how it returns to exponential growth,” he said.

“If this happens, we intend it to be two or three weeks shorter than the six we experienced.”

The National Public Health Emergency Committee met Wednesday to decide on the government’s recommendations and is expected to announce the decision on Thursday or Friday.

Varadkar declined to comment on reports that three employees may be allowed to visit during the festive season, but suggested that family visits be allowed.

He said: “We want people to see their families and their friends at Christmas.

“We know people are going to do it anyway, so we can provide it in a safe way.

“Because the virus has infected us to a much lower level than in Northern Ireland or the UK, we think we can do it longer than the five or six days they talk.

“We hope to be able to do something in the next couple of weeks.”

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Varadkar commented that pubs, restaurants and home visits would be behind the queue and would open later than December 1, when the lockdown would end.

He said: “We want to reopen as much as possible from next week, but we think it’s not safe and we think it makes more sense to do it in the early stages of the third level.

“We know from the data that the most vulnerable people are the people who get together, especially in hospitality or sports settings. People get together in private homes and we do that to the end.

“From the beginning we knew what we had to do was secure, for example, allowing people to access personalized services such as opening shops, opening gyms, and getting a haircut. This includes haircuts and shopping before nightfall.”

He continued: “A date will start in January and the restrictions there will be tightened again, but it will depend on the numbers again.

“If we are able to reduce the numbers, we will not re-enforce the restrictions in its name alone.

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