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So, what's our plan to beat Covid-19?

The official strategy to deal with the virus is hazy so it is little wonder the public is getting mixed messages, writes Maeve Sheehan

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Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly

Even before 'Golfgate' exploded, last week was the first critical test of the Coalition's handling of Covid-19. Cases soared to a five-day rolling average of 96 a day and the country's growth rate was fourth-highest in Europe and rising. Fledgling ministers mulled over key decisions on the restrictions advised by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) to contain new outbreaks.

Explaining the divergence in what the Government recommended and what Nphet advised required nuanced messaging. How come over-70s could go on holidays (according to the Taoiseach), but should not stay in hotels (according to Dr Ronan Glynn, the acting chief medical officer)? How come no more than six people are allowed at indoor events or parties, but 30 children can sit together in school classrooms?


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