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Country to remain in a "prolonged" period of Covid-19 restrictions according to the Taoiseach

Feb 11, 2021 07:02 By Shannonside News
Country to remain in a "prolonged" period of Covid-19 restrictions according to the Taoiseach Country to remain in a "prolonged" period of Covid-19 restrictions according to the Taoiseach
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Almost 1 in 4 close contacts are testing positive for Covid-19 since testing resumed at the end of last month, according to the Taoiseach.

Almost 1 in 4 close contacts are testing positive for Covid-19 since testing resumed at the end of last month, according to the Taoiseach.

Micheal Martin told his party last night it compares to a positivity rate of 11 per cent previously and demonstrates the impact of the UK variant.

He also indicated to members, the country is to remain in a "prolonged" period of restrictions to get numbers to a very low level.

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A further 1,006 new Covid-19 cases were announced last night, along with 54 deaths.

Meanwhile, 990 patients are in public hospitals with the virus, the first time it has been below 1,000 in more than a month - while 167 are in ICU.

Consultant in Infectious Diseases at St James' Hospital in Dublin, Cliona Ní Cheallaigh says the variant is having a big impact on cases and hospital numbers:

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