Stormont Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill warned Omicron would hit Northern Ireland “like a ton of bricks”.
Ms O’Neill said the model presented to ministers suggests that in the worst-case scenario, you could face 30,000 Omicron cases per day.
Executive ministers are involved in ongoing discussions of the situation ahead of a formal meeting on Wednesday, which is expected to announce further restrictions after Christmas.
According to RTE, O’Neill said: “These figures are really alarming. It is going to be the sheer volume of cases that is going to be a dominant feature throughout January.
“We know that by Christmas Day we could potentially have 11,000 cases a day.
“We know that in the worst-case scenario, in terms of some of the modelling that has been done, we could be facing up to 30,000 cases a day.
“You can take from that the sheer volume of cases is going to be overwhelming, every government department, every minister has their sleeves rolled up in terms of trying to plan for what is coming at us.”
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