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The Government is developing a new plan for "living with Covid over the next six to nine months"

By James Fenton

August 11, 2020 at 4:42pm


The Government is set to develop a new medium-term plan for keeping Irish society open while dealing with spikes in Covid-19 cases.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin revealed today that the new plan is being developed to help take the country through the next "six to nine months" of dealing with the virus.

Speaking after a Cabinet committee today, Martin said that they will "meet again next week with a view to having an initial discussion on a medium-term plan to take us through Covid over the next six months to nine months and planning for the next phase of living with Covid-19."

When questioned by RTE if that means new roadmap phases will be introduced, Martin answered: "No, we've opened up to a considerable degree our economy and our society. Obviously, like in other countries, there's been an increase in numbers so we have to look through and plan ahead in terms of potential scenarios that might emerge but also how we maintain that level of economic activity over the next six months whilst protecting people and whilst keeping the community transmission low."

Last Friday, it was confirmed that two-week restrictions would be placed on Kildare, Offaly and Laois after recent increases in Covid-19 cases in the counties. The next review on whether Ireland can enter phase 4 of the easing of restrictions is due on August 31. More information on that can be found here.

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