Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly
Asked what happens if we get to December and #Covid19 cases are still over 100 a day, @DonnellyStephen tells @morningireland “It depends what the situation is”, and “Government will look at it carefully, NPHET will look at it carefully” and consider a range of factors. #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/p0R9Irrf9S
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 22, 2020
Stephen Donnelly said this [Level 5] is a “pre-emptive strike” and while the hospital services are OK, if we do not move now these services will suffer.
The exit from Level 5 in December could be “region by region” depending on a range of factors, he said.
The Minister for Health said it was incorrect to say that contact tracing had fallen down, adding that in the last six weeks contact tracing teams have made 400% more calls than previously.
He said that for a short period last weekend there was a one-off situation where demand outstripped supply and a one-off operational decision was made to reset the system.
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) October 22, 2020