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Covid Ireland: Government ‘not planning’ new restrictions this week as schools set to reopen

The Irish Mirror knows the Government will not introduce new Covid limitations this week.

In addition, party leaders were told that schools are safe and can reopen on Thursday as planned.
On Wednesday, Cabinet Ministers will ask the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, to look into easing movement restrictions for fully vaccinated close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Dr Holohan may propose the Government to tighten Covid measures when NPHET meets on Thursday, but a senior source said the Cabinet has no intentions to do so when it meets on Wednesday.

A meeting of the three Coalition leaders finished with the leaders discussing public health recommendations to limit social interaction as much as possible, in keeping with government policy approved before Christmas.

After receiving the booster vaccine and showing no symptoms of Covid-19, Tanáiste Leo Varadkar wants to abolish the requirement for close contacts to be isolated.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin, Mr Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan reportedly discussed reviewing the rules on close relationships.

Dr Holohan will also give them an update on when the Omicron wave will peak.
Cabinet meets Wednesday morning before NPHET on Thursday.