‘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
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.
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