JUSTICE Secretary Helen McEntee inadvertently revealed the Government’s decision to lift all Covid restrictions in a social media post.
In the clip, Minister McEntee said that the Cabinet had concluded their meeting and said she was happy to announce that most of the restrictions would be lifted after almost two years.
The Co Meath TD revealed that the restrictions will be lifted as of 6am on Saturday – an announcement that has yet to be made public.
In the video, Minister McEntee also explains that people won’t have to wear masks when entering pubs or nightclubs, but they will still be needed in places like public transport.
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Screenshots from the video quickly went viral before Secretary McEntee deleted it after it went live just minutes after it went live.
A spokesman for Secretary McEntee said Fine Gael TD had taken down the clip that had been posted online by mistake and that the clip was subsequently reported back after notice.
Meanwhile, localization restrictions may be required again in the future to address the Covid-19 spike, a World Health Organization expert has warned.
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WHO special envoy Dave Nabarro said he was pleased to see Ireland come out of restrictions in phases but warned that the pandemic could still have challenges ahead.
Speaking on RTE, Mr Nabarro said that new variants could still emerge that could evade the protection of vaccines and that local restrictions might be required to deal with them.
“It is always difficult and we have to expect some challenges,” he said.
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“One of the things I want people to keep in mind is that public health professionals may need to ask people in specific parts of the country to go back to some degree of limited mobility. and proceed carefully.
“And that is exactly as it should be. You don’t have a nice smooth trajectory from where we are now to where we hope to be when the pandemic is over.
“It will be bumpy. It will be difficult. We have to expect the unexpected. We must even suspect that perhaps more complex mutations of Omicron are coming in the long run.
“What I want to convey is a feeling of being ready for reversals and not getting mad when all of a sudden you find that you have to restrict your movements to a particular place because of an unexpected spike.”
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