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25th Mar 2021

TDs of the opinion that the “public has already moved on from Level 5”

James Fenton

Some TDs are of the opinion that “the public has already moved on from Level 5” as the Government considers the next set of Covid-19 restrictions.

Current Level 5 measures are due to expire on April 5 but members of the Government are concerned that public compliance may already be in decline. The Irish Independent reports that An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has agreed with Limerick TD Kieran O’Donnell’s suggestion that “the public has already moved on from Level 5,” with Varadkar expressing concern that “relaxing restrictions would make the situation worse.” He told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday that “case numbers went up 9pc last week and will go up again this week.”

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is expected to meet early next week to discuss the situation, before An Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the nation on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, 680 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, with the seven-day average now at 564 (compared to 518 on Wednesday of last week.)

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