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Number of COVID-19 cases increases; strict restrictions in Ireland might last until June

DUBLIN: Given the lack of progress in the battle to defeat COVID-19, there are signs that tighter restrictions could remain in place in Ireland until at least June.

The Department of Health issued an alert yesterday that any effort to reopen the economy before the start of the summer will be risky. Dr. Ronan Glynn, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said that the country needed to be extremely vigilant due to the high rate of infection and vaccine shortage.

The Deputy CMO indicated that people may have to continue working from home for the next three to four months. “Based on the data before the Department of Health, the plan is to proceed with extreme caution,” Dr. Glynn said. He said that millions of doses of vaccines would be available by June, and that he hoped the country would be in a better position by then.

He also ruled out the possibility of allowing any foreign trips before the end of June. The European Union (EU) expects digital health passports to be available by June.

No deaths were reported yesterday in Ireland but 582 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed. However, the fact that the Department of Health is adopting further plans to deal with COVID-19 across the country indicates that Ireland is moving towards a dangerous situation.

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