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Leo Varadkar has said he does not believe that a legal mask mandate will be reimposed by the Irish Government

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has stated that he does not expect the Irish government would reimpose a legal mask mandate this winter.

Last month, the HSE warned that the number of COVID-19 cases in Ireland was increasing owing to the introduction of the new, more transmissible “Eris strain.” On Friday, 305 patients were hospitalised due to COVID-19.

In the past few days, 46 new patients were admitted to hospitals, with 32 discharges. However, this was a drop from the previous day’s results, when 308 individuals were hospitalised.

The Taoiseach indicated on Friday at the Fota Wildlife Park in Cork that COVID-19 waves will continue. Mr. Varadkar said it was “very unlikely” that mask-wearing would be promoted again.

Following a substantial increase last month, the number of people hospitalised with COVID-19 has decreased in recent weeks. There were 435 confirmed cases in hospitals on August 15. This was an increase from a low of 63 on July 2.

In addition to the new Eris strain of the virus, there is also concern about a new highly transmissible version known as Pirola.

Earlier last week, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly gained Cabinet approval to recruit an expert to develop a new emerging health threats agency.

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