Covid advisory group to be scaled back after pandemic emergency declared over

Group has only met once this year, with no further meetings scheduled

A spokesman for Stephen Donnelly said that the minister is to meet with the chief medical officer to discuss the future of the advisory group. Picture:

The government’s Covid-19 advisory group is to be scaled back over the coming weeks following the ending of the coronavirus pandemic as a global health emergency.

The group, which was set up last April to replace the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet), has only met once this year, and it is understood no further meetings of the group have been scheduled.

While the group may remain in place for medium and long-term planning, sources ...