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Covid restrictions may ease from next week, Taoiseach says, as Nphet meets today

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) will meet on Thursday to explore the possibility of relaxing restrictions, following the Taoiseach’s announcement that some limitations could be lifted as early as next week.

Government figures and officials have been expressing optimism in recent days about the latest wave of the virus and the possibility of a more rapid loosening of some restrictions than had previously been anticipated.

Mr. Martin stated that the existing limits were expected to remain in place until the end of the month, but that this might be extended.

It is believed that the Nphet will approve the elimination of the 8pm closing time for the events and hospitality industry, which has been in effect since before Christmas and will be implemented immediately. Ministers will meet on Friday to discuss the Nphet’s recommendations before the Taoiseach announces the results of the consultation.

The plans for the coming weeks and months, Mr Martin added, will be laid out in a “clear and complete statement” on Friday, according to him. “Things are looking up right now. In an interview with RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Martin stated that “we have come through Omicron better than we could have thought before to Christmas.”

“The combination of the booster campaign and vaccination, as well as the fact that Omicron does not appear to be as virulent as Delta and previous waves, has resulted in the impact on people, in terms of Ireland, entering a new phase,” he said, adding that changes are expected to take place next week. “The impact on people, in terms of Ireland, has entered a new phase,” he said, adding that changes are expected to take place next week. “The initial limits were in place until the end of the month, but we now have the option to go before that,” he continued. The President stated, “I want to allow Nphet to meet today; but, I believe we may anticipate a removal of limitations sooner than we had anticipated.”

He stated that precautions, such as the wearing of masks, will be maintained during the public holiday.
The government unveiled a slew of initiatives on Wednesday to express gratitude to the general public and frontline workers for their efforts during the Covid-19 outbreak, which began in October.

There will be a one-time public holiday on March 18th, as well as a tax-free payout of €1,000 to frontline healthcare staff, among other things. Mr Martin stated that the specifics of the scheme are still being worked out, and that the date on which the payment will be made has not yet been determined.

He stated that the individuals who will be eligible for the bonus have been “more or less” determined, but that a panel will be constituted to evaluate the plans. In addition, Mr Martin stated that a panel would be constituted because the subject matter is “complicated enough in terms of types of workers and so forth.”

According to the most recent numbers from the Health Service Executive, there were 896 patients in hospitals with Covid-19 as of 8 a.m. on Thursday, with 90 of them in intensive care. When compared to the same time the day before, this reflects a decrease of 15 patients in hospitals in the United States.

Professor of immunology Christine Loscher stated that there had been a significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases, as well as “good indicators” from health-care workers regarding the influence of Omicron.

In an interview with Newstalk Breakfast, she stated, “I believe that is sufficient justification for us to be able to relax limitations now and take advantage of the fact that we are in a good situation.”

According to her, “we anticipated we may have as many as 50,000 instances a day a few weeks ago, but now we’re only getting approximately 12,000 cases a day.”

She noted that the increase in cases had not been accompanied by a corresponding increase in “hospitalizations,” which meant that there was no rationale for delaying the lifting of restrictions, she said. – Additional reporting of severe sickness and mortality, as well as ICUs, has been significantly reduced in recent years. As a result, I believe that people can be positive, and that we can be positive.”