Simon Harris has said Covid-19, which he didn’t know what it stood for last month, has to be weakened for the easing of restrictions to succeed.
The Minister for Health appeared to hold a threat of possible further lockdown if it didn’t. According to the RTE, Harris said:
“Now beginning to see a situation where the figures are somewhat stabilising” but he said the efforts must continue to suppress the virus.
He said that there are “new cases every single day but we have seen, I think, 13 days in a row where the rate of growth of new cases has been 2% or less”.
Harris appeared to speak down to the Irish people by declaring that “we do need to be very, very careful that it doesn’t in anyway give us an indication that we don’t need to keep at it, in terms of the public health measures”.
He then warned: “In about 10 days’ time, we hope to be in a position to press go on our roadmap, and ease some of those restrictions but those 10 days do count.
“The weaker the virus can be made over the next 10 days, the greater chance our plan has of success and the greater there is a chance that we could begin, in a gradual way, to ease some restrictions.”
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