Sunday May 31, 2020

‘A ripple, not a wave’: Varadkar unveils slow, careful plan to re-open nation

Phased plan will involve re-opening of schools, creches and businesses – but Taoiseach warns any misstep could cause second infection surge and return to lockdown

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

3rd May, 2020
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings where he announced the plan to ease the Covid-19 restrictions Picture: Photocall

Ireland’s efforts to suppress the spread of Covid-19 have been better than those of many other countries, but after New Zealand re-opened its economy last week, many began enviously asking when we could do the same.

While vital numbers indicating a slowing of the virus are encouraging, public health officials have warned that any misstep at this stage of the fight against it could cause a violent second wave of infections.

Addressing the...

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