Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says pubs will not reopen any sooner than 10 August. He adds the government is not saying they will reopen on that date | More: https://t.co/skHcWzXBmp pic.twitter.com/nbYNLSjSvT
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“We are essentially prioritising schools, healthcare facilities, the economy over the accelerated opening of the pubs. This was not done lightly.
We really do understand that there are publicans waiting and hoping that they would be able to open on Monday. But the public health advice is were we to open now them right now it could materially add to the possibility of a second wave and that’s just not a risk we could take.”
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly (top left) to Bryan Dobson on RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland earlier
Mr Donnelly said the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is very concerned given the ‘R’ number is now between 1.2 and 1.8.
The minister said if it is 1.8, then within three weeks we could see be up to 160 cases of Covid-19 per day.
The reproductive rate, or ‘R number’, indicates the number of people on average that an infected person will pass the virus on to.