Isolation rules had to be relaxed to relieve pressure on health system and employers — Taoiseach

Martin said he accepts European Centre for Disease Control warning that changes to close contact rules were ‘not evidence based’

Micheál Martin: ‘You have to factor in Ireland’s high level of vaccination compared to other countries.’ Picture: Sam Boal/

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has insisted that changing the isolation rules for people who are close contacts with Covid-19 is necessary to relieve the pressure on the health system and employers.

He was speaking after the cabinet agreed to remove the five-day restriction period for those who came into contact with someone who later tested positive for Covid-19. Close contacts who have not received a booster will now have to isolate for seven days, rather than ...