As the number of cases of Covid-19 being reported continues to rise, the Taoiseach has warned that the coming weeks will be challenging, but said “if we all change our behaviours and work together we can make Level 3 work.”
On Tuesday, the country moved to Level 3 of the living with Covid-19 plan. The restrictions are being accompanied with stronger compliance measures.
In a statement issued today the Taoiseach said: “If we all change our behaviours and work together we can make Level 3 work, protect lives and livelihoods, show that we can contain the virus and prevent its growth.”
Mr Martin said that the reopening of schools “has shown what can be done with collective effort and compliance with safety guidance and sensible measures.” He said that keeping schools open remains a key priority of the Government.
The Taoiseach noted an unprecedented level of resources have been allocated to the health services, both in the Winter Plan and throughout the entirety of 2021.
“This will enable them to cope with Covid-19, and will ensure a reformed and better health service for the future,” he said.
The statement added; “Covid-19 is challenging countries across Europe and throughout the world. The coming weeks will be challenging but working with NPHET, we will respond firmly and appropriately. We have the capacity and resources to come through this and we will.
“The essential steps remain the same. Reduce our social contacts, wash our hands, mask up and behave as if you have the virus. Stay safe,” he said.