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A worker wearing a protective suit and carrying disinfection equipment crosses a road amid a Covid outbreak in Beijing, China in April. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

A worker wearing a protective suit and carrying disinfection equipment crosses a road amid a Covid outbreak in Beijing, China in April. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

A worker wearing a protective suit and carrying disinfection equipment crosses a road amid a Covid outbreak in Beijing, China in April. Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

Think back to August 2020. Think about a nice warm summer – not quite as warm as this week, but still pretty good. Going on short breaks, long breaks, just-for-the-hell-of-it breaks – it was nice but it didn’t last long.

Localised lockdowns were instigated in Kildare, Offaly and Laois, driven by rises in cases apparently centred around large meat processing plants (MPPs). Something had to be done to reduce risks to workers while ensuring that plants could stay open.


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