Covid: Growing optimism as restrictions to be eased

There is growing optimism that Covid-19 restrictions around the hospitality and entertainment sectors will be eased next week after the Taoiseach said the Government would provide clarity to the public after it meets this Friday.

  Speaking earlier this week, Micheál Martin said the Government must remain mindful of disease levels and possible future variants but that “we can be optimistic about the medium term”.

  The news comes as the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was notified of 6,843 PCR-confirmed cases as of Wednesday evening (yesterday), while there were 5,295 registered positive antigen tests on Tuesday.

  There were sadly 52 newly notified deaths since Wednesday, January 12th, and as of 8 am yesterday morning, 910 Covid patients are hospitalised, of whom 90 are in ICU.

  Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Transport Eamon Ryan said that he believes that there will be a lifting of restrictions by the end of next week.

  Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme on Wednesday, the Minister said: “It will be towards the end of next week that I expect we’ll see restrictions starting to be lifted. We’ve to be careful with Covid because nothing is certain…but the position we are in at the moment is a lot better than it looked a number of weeks ago”.