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Varadkar says Taoiseach did not state the Level 5 restrictions will last until May

DUBLIN: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s attempt to amend what Taoiseach Micheál Martin has publicly stated to the media. Mr. Martin had said recently that the Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions would last until May, but Mr. Varadkar came up with the statement that the Taoiseach had not said so.

Leo Varadkar said the Taoiseach had not said that the Level 5 restrictions would last until April and May. Mr. Varadkar, when speaking on RTE Radio’s News at One, denied what the Taoiseach had said. He also said that the country would face severe restrictions in April.

“We are going in the right direction,” he said. But the number of COVID-19 cases is still very high, and that’s why we need to “proceed with caution”, he added.

The Tánaiste said on Thursday that the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) had advised that schools and childcare centres could be reopened during the month of March and Easter breaks.

Mr. Varadkar said there were no mixed communication from the government even though three parties were involved. “We are all working together, but what we are communicating is bad news,” he said.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said NPHET had advised that it was not yet possible to say how and when the restrictions could be eased. He also said the cabinet would approve the government’s Living with COVID plan next week.

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