More restrictions may be needed but should be ‘avoided’

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has mentioned that Covid-19 case numbers are beginning to plateau, but added that he wish to see them fall within the run as much as Christmas.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne programme, Mr Varadkar mentioned it might be a "big mistake" to impose a complete set of latest restrictions within the coming days to seek out out that the nation has "turned a corner anyway".

He mentioned extra restrictions may be needed coming into the Christmas interval, but the Government would attempt to keep away from a full lockdown.

Mr Varadkar additionally mentioned he wouldn’t speculate about doable restrictions at this stage.

"I think we may need more restrictions heading into the Christmas period but I don't think we need to be fatalistic about a return to any form of lockdown or even a 'lockdown light', and I think we should try to avoid that," he mentioned.

He warned that the pandemic shouldn’t be underneath management and excessive ranges of the virus are circulating in the neighborhood and described the state of affairs in ICUs as "very tight and very worrying".

"We would like to see case numbers fall," he mentioned. "We would like to go into Christmas in a better place than we are now with the number of people in hospital and cases falling."

Mr Varadkar mentioned that within the final couple of weeks he has detected a sure diploma of fatigue and hopelessness but he mentioned individuals should have hope and "keep the faith".

He added that the adjustments individuals have made previously couple of weeks are making a distinction, and mentioned the third dose of the vaccine is making a distinction and nursing properties are in a significantly better place.

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The Tánaiste mentioned he believed that the result from the NPHET assembly as we speak would be additional recommendation in relation to youngsters.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says he thinks now we have 'some causes to be hopeful' on Covid-19 charges. He says the Government shouldn’t rush into choices on new guidelines because it may emerge that now we have already turned a nook underneath the present restrictions. |

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) November 25, 2021

He mentioned asking youngsters to put on masks would be tough, but, he mentioned, even when they had been carrying masks "some of the time" that might be further safety.

He once more urged people who find themselves not vaccinated to get a vaccine.

Mr Varadkar mentioned he had "profound concern" for individuals who bought the single-shot Janssen vaccine and mentioned he hopes to have a constructive resolution on giving these individuals an mRNA dose quickly.

He mentioned he’s in favour of antigen checks and makes use of them himself when going to see pals or household, but added that there are considerations round self-testing and whether or not it’s being carried out appropriately.

He mentioned he wish to see the checks value round €2 or €3, and that the delay in subsidising the checks is to make sure they’re really cheaper for individuals.

Meanwhile, demand for a PCR check stays excessive once more, with no self-referral appointments obtainable throughout greater than half the nation.

As of 11am, there have been no free slots by means of the HSE's on-line portal for swabbing centres in 15 counties.

The areas impacted embody Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Meath, Kerry and Kildare.

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