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Schools reopen in Ireland: Taoiseach confirmed that junior and senior infant classes will begin on March 1

DUBLIN: Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Leaving Cert students will return to school on March 1 along with junior and senior infant students.

Fifth-year students will also be able to return to school in March, based on the spread of the virus. The Taoiseach was speaking at the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting.

Other classes at the primary and secondary levels will start very slowly in accordance with public health advice. The provisional plan for the resumption of the school is expected to be finalized at today’s COVID-19 cabinet subcommittee meeting.

Mr. Martin said that the British variant (B117 variant) now accounts for 90% of all COVID-19 cases in Ireland.

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that an average of 10,000 people will cross the border every day, even with mandatory quarantine measures in place. Mr. Varadkar expressed concern at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting about the impact of the open border between North and South in the battle against COVID-19.

Tánaiste said if the COVID-19 case numbers remain at 400 per day, the construction sector is unlikely to reopen next month.

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