‘Decisive and nationwide’ action will be announced tomorrow by the Government regarding Covid-19 restrictions.
Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said that the Government will ‘act’ tomorrow.
This comes after the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) made its second recent recommendation to move the country to Level 5 of the restrictions.
New measures will be announced following a Cabinet meeting tomorrow.
“It is a really anxious time for people,” Harris acknowledged on RTÉ’s The Week In Politics.
“The Government will act tomorrow. The action will be decisive and the action will be right across the country. It will be nationwide action.
“It is clear now that the virus is at such a level within all our communities that the county-by-county approach will not be sufficient.
“Tomorrow, we will have to bring in more restrictions. Level 3 has not worked in terms of getting the virus to where it needs to get to.
“The trajectory of the virus is what is really concerning our health officials.”
Coalition party leaders and senior Ministers met yesterday to discuss NPHET’s advice, but an announcement has yet to be made on an outcome.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, briefed the government on NPHET’s proposal – their second such recommendation in recent weeks.
Harris said a number of issues were being discussed, including the significant rise in domestic violence incidents during the previous lock own.
He said: “We are asking people to take more restrictions for a second time, We are having to balance that with our honest view as to what people can sustain and bare.”
Harris said that there had to be a ‘common understanding’ as to what success looks like.Tags: