NPHET’s meeting this morning to consider recommending more restrictions, due to high Covid case numbers and the worrying new variant.
The first Omicron case was confirmed in the Republic of Ireland yesterday, while the five-day moving average of coronavirus infections is nearly 4,500.
But Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told his parliamentary party last night he’s not convinced new restrictions are needed.
The government has already introduced some measures due to the new variant, including home quarantine for people entering the Republic of Ireland through airports or ports from seven southern African countries.
But Dr David Nabarro, from the World Health Organisation, says they won’t have much impact: