Varadkar ‘sceptical’ new Covid-19 restrictions are warranted

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Taniste Leo Varadkar has said he “skeptics” that the new COVID-19 restrictions are warranted at this time.

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Addressing a meeting of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party on Wednesday night, Mr Varadkar said the situation was “stable or slightly improving”.

He said the country was doing “much better” than Nphet’s optimistic model in terms of case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths.


“For this reason, he said he doubted it would be appropriate at this time to impose new restrictions on people’s freedoms, family life and businesses,” a party source saddened.

But the tanist also expressed concern that the situation could quickly worsen.

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“There was a concern that things have stabilized at a high level and if things go wrong by Christmas, they will go wrong from a very high base”, Mr Varadkar told the meeting.

“He said there was a real cause for concern with people over-socializing with Christmas and that the government would listen carefully to Nephet’s advice on the matter tomorrow before making any decisions.”

A large number of TDs and senators at the meeting called for the restoration of the High Level Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) payments to the hospitality and organizing sectors, due to the fact that so many planned events were being cancelled.

Similar calls were heard on Wednesday night at the Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting.

Mr Varadkar and Finance Minister Pascal Donohoe indicated to their party that a final decision would be made in the coming days following Nphet’s advice on restrictions for December, which are expected on Thursday.


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