Tue, 25 Jan 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland: The Government will need time to learn more about the new Covid variant named Omicron before considering possible new restrictions, according to Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.

In the mean time, Ryan said the public should follow existing Covid rules and regulations.

"A lot of the lessons learnt in the last two years will continue to apply," he said, as quoted by RTE.

He urged the public to continue wearing face masks on public transport and maintaining social distancing.

"It's not a complete reboot or a complete change. It's just learning from what we've done well," he added.

To date, there have been 4,791 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Department of Health, while the number of people being treated in hospitals nationwide has fallen by 35.

While walk-in booster vaccination clinics remain operating in several counties, it was announced yesterday that booster vaccines will be offered to all members of the public aged 16 and over, in keeping with new recommendations by the National Immunization Advisory Committee.

According to Dr Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer, Ireland's Covid-19 situation remains "vulnerable" to new deteriorations.

Further, Holohan said that social contact "over the festive period" will allow authorities to anticipate the number of new Covid cases that will be contracted in the immediate future.

Also, HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid praised the manner the public has dealt with the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, in Drogheda, which has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country, nearly double the national average, a vaccination clinic has been opened.

"Increased community testing is vital to help identify those who are infected and infectious. This will help us break chains of transmission," said Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East, as reported by RTE.

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