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Local TD concerned over new close contact rules

Jan 12, 2022 17:01 By Shannonside News
Local TD concerned over new close contact rules Local TD concerned over new close contact rules
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New Covid close contact rules take effect from Friday.

Roscommon Galway Deputy Denis Naughten says he doesn't agree with such a "broad" relaxation of 'close contact' rules.

Close contacts who are boosted and don't have symptoms won't have to restrict movements and will be asked to take antigen tests instead.

Close contacts who are boosted and don't have symptoms won't have to restrict movements and will be asked to take antigen tests instead.

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A positive antigen now won't require a PCR to confirm the result for people aged under 40.

Anyone who tests positive will have to isolate for seven days regardless of vaccine status.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the moves are untested but will allow many people to return to work

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The Independent TD says he is in agreement with the relaxation of rules for people who work in health and other essential services, but feels it's a dangerous move to have such a broad relaxation at this point in time.

Speaking on the Let's Talk show this afternoon, Deputy Naughten says he would like to have seen the government wait until the end of the month to take some of the measures that have been announced today

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