Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar - Government Briefing

Taoiseach Tells The Public To Hold Firm

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A decision on the next phase of Ireland’s roadmap will only be made on Friday, June 5, the Taoiseach has confirmed.

Mr Varadkar said while the slower growth in the number of new cases was encouraging, no decisions would be made until next week.

“On Monday we reached a significant milestone when we had no new deaths to report,” he told the Dáil. “I want more days of hope like this.

“Today’s message is to hold firm. Let’s keep making the sacrifices we are making so the trend continues to go in the right direction.

“Any announcement on whether we go to phase two, or whether we make any changes to the plan, will wait until the 5th of June. We will wait until we have more data and more expert advice. In the meantime, we will hold firm and we will prevail.”

This morning Professor Philip Nolan, chair of the Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group for NPHET, has said since restrictions began to be eased on 18 May, all indicators suggest there has been no major increase in the spread of the virus.