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Unlikely new restrictions will be needed despite Delta variant according to Tánaiste

Jul 6, 2021 17:07 By News Northern Sound
Unlikely new restrictions will be needed despite Delta variant according to Tánaiste Unlikely new restrictions will be needed despite Delta variant according to Tánaiste
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Ministers were given updated projections today.

The Tánaiste has suggested no new restrictions may be needed even if Ireland reaches two-thousand new Covid cases a day.

Leo Varadkar says there can't be a cycle of fear around the increased spread of the Delta variant.

The Government is watching events in the UK with interest and no small bit of worry as Boris Johnson intends to ditch the vast majority of restrictions later this month, despite the Delta variant, with predictions of as many as 100,000 Covid cases a day in the UK.

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Ministers here fear what the residual impact on Ireland could be - while also eagerly examining whether there's a sustained disconnect between Covid cases and actual severe illness.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested because of the vaccination programme, more daily cases won't do much damage here.

In the Dáil Taoiseach Micheál Martin heard Independent TD Mattie McGrath call indoor dining for the vaccinated only 'medical apartheid' - saying there does need to be caution for the younger age groups.

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It comes as Government confirmed Digital Covid Certs allowing international travel will be issued next week, and they may be used to give people access to indoor dining or live events like gigs in the near future.

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