After a five-hour meeting of Irish senior ministers on Monday evening, the Cabinet will today consider a proposal urging everyone to work from home if possible.

According to reports, people are being advised not to enter their workplaces unless absolutely necessary as the government is taking steps to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Yesterday, the Cabinet’s Covid Committee, made up of three coalition leaders Micheal Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan, ministers and health officials, met for five hours to discuss a number of new proposals in light of the recent surge in positive cases and admissions in the intensive care unit .

It is believed that last night health officials presented the government with the worst-case scenario that would see up to 500 people in intensive care next month. The best scenario estimated that 200 to 220 people would need to be treated in the intensive care unit over the next month.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar perform together

In new projections, we could see a great wave of new Covid infections that will peak in late November or early December. The high could last until the end of December, but high numbers could last well into February.

To combat the dwindling immunity, 50 to 59 year olds and those under 50 with an underlying disease should receive a booster vaccination.

A number of other new measures are being considered, including expanding the use of Covid certificates to access gyms and hairdressers.

New Actions Considered Today:

  • Encourage people to work from home
  • Expansion of the vaccine booster campaign
  • Increasing the use of antigen tests
  • Expand the use of Digital Covid Cert to include more places like gyms and hairdressers

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