Further restrictions may still be required in the future, says Tony Holohan 2 weeks ago

Further restrictions may still be required in the future, says Tony Holohan

The CMO will address a committee meeting on Wednesday.

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan will not rule out the reintroduction of Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland as he gets set to meet with the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health on Wednesday (15 September).

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According to RTÉ News, Holohan will inform TDs and Senators that he "cannot fully rule out the possibility" that restrictions may be required in the future.

As it stands, the Republic is set to lift all related restrictions on Friday, 22 October.

Holohan's stance comes following the announcement of 1,181 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday evening. Per the latest figures, 309 patients affected by the virus are in hospital, 60 of whom are in ICU.

The current five-day moving average is 1,298.

The RTÉ News report notes that Holohan will highlight a high incidence of cases, with the disease progressing "on an uncertain trajectory".

The CMO is also expected to point to a rise in cases of children at primary school level.

Holohan is also said to be particularly concerned with regards to the older and vulnerable members of the population, with the number of outbreaks in nursing homes increasing in recent weeks.

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The National Public Health Emergency Team will address the committee at 9.30am on Wednesday morning.

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