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Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, HSE CEO Paul Reid and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD with Dr Matt O Faolain as he presents the facilities in the COVID-19 Community Assessment Hub in DCU Collins Avenue. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, HSE CEO Paul Reid and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD with Dr Matt O Faolain as he presents the facilities in the COVID-19 Community Assessment Hub in DCU Collins Avenue. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

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Minister for Health Simon Harris TD, HSE CEO Paul Reid and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD with Dr Matt O Faolain as he presents the facilities in the COVID-19 Community Assessment Hub in DCU Collins Avenue. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has faced calls to lift social-distancing restrictions from Opposition leaders as the country prepares for the next phase of the lockdown.

During a teleconference call, Mr Varadkar was urged to ease rules around funerals and allow some construction workers to get back to work.

He was also asked to lift the restrictions in counties where Covid-19 infection and death rates are low.


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