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We must balance health risks to young against reality of mass unemployment

Dan O'Brien


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Meeting: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel in Brussels. Photo: Getty

Meeting: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel in Brussels. Photo: Getty

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Meeting: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel in Brussels. Photo: Getty

'Lockdowns cause poverty." That certainty was stated on Monday by David Nabarro of the World Health Organisation during an online discussion with the think tank I work for.

Tomorrow, the Government will decide on whether the restrictions designed to 'flatten the curve' of Covid-19 infection, will be eased, allowing more people to return to work.

Among the most important facts that is not being given enough consideration in this decision is the manner in which Covid-19 affects people of different ages.