HEALTH directors today confirmed an additional 5,767 positive PCR tests as well as 5,916 antigen tests logged into the HSE portal.
It came with the name Tanaiste Leo Varadkar told a party meeting in its parliament that the Government should set March 31 as the deadline to end virtually all legal restrictions.
And as of 8am today, 979 people in hospitals across Ireland have been infected with the virus, of which 93 are in the ICU.
The Good Gael The leader told TDs and senators that the Government cannot promise anything yet and still has the option of extending the Covid-19 legislation until June.
He said the combination of Ireland’s high vaccination rate and the less severe variant of Omicron meant that hospitalizations, ICU numbers and deaths were not increasing in the same way as previous waves.
Tanaiste says this has given the Government a strong degree of confidence that restrictions can be eased quickly over the next few weeks.
He said Ireland may need to maintain some measures in place longer such as wearing a mask in crowded places, staying home when symptomatic and Covid international travel.
Tanaiste stressed that the Government will need to have a plan ready for any new variant, including another round of vaccinations if needed, a shift to testing, monitoring and isolation as well as improvements in air quality in buildings.
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BACK TO NORMAL
It comes as Ireland can back to normal at the end of March – with all Covid restrictions removed, including air travel and mask wearing.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus is also on a downward trend and Ireland’s intensive care units have remained stable despite a staggering wave of cases over the past month.
“What we all want to see is a return to normal life and ease the burden on everyone as quickly as possible,” he said.
“Do I think some measures will be lifted, which the Government will decide to implement before the end of the month? It’s correct. I think it is more likely that the measures will be introduced before the end of the month.
‘DISCOVER WHO WE ARE’
“Then it’s a question of the best and safest way to release restrictions in place.”
Covid-19 advisor to the Irish College of General Practitioners Dr Mary Favier said Ireland needed to “rediscover who we are” after Covid.
“There’s a lot of anxiety about Covid out there, and some people are even scared of Covid, and as GPs we see that often.
“Given the benefits of vaccination, and this is really about vaccine protection, we should be able to move out of the restrictions reasonably quickly.”
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