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invisible Cystic Fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley asks people to remember 'the vulnerable' as restrictions lift

"I wish it was over - but it’s not."

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Twitter/Orla Tinsley

Twitter/Orla Tinsley

Inspirational Cystic Fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley has asked people to remember “the vulnerable” as many Covid-19 restrictions are set to be scrapped.

Taking to Twitter they shared: “Just hanging out @MaterTrauma clinic getting bloods and taking care of my health like every other vulnerable person who fights to stay alive.

“Please remember that vulnerabilities can be invisible and give people the space and support they need. I wish it was over - but it’s not.”

Reacting to the news that NPHET have advised the government that almost all current Covid-19 restrictions can soon be scrapped they said: “Ah yes. And immunosuppressed people and the fact that we can’t actually track the covid cases in schools because of lack of PCR availability can just be ignored.

“Why worry? The persistent lack of consideration and value attributed to people who are not able bodied is gross.”

In new measures recommended by NPHET the government is set to lift almost all Covid-19 related restrictions.

Mask wearing and the requirement for a Covid-19 cert for international travel will remain in place.

Orla was not the only person on social media to share their concern for immuno-compromised people.

“So Ireland will end all Covid safety measures with zero regard for the vulnerable. This is against @WHO advice. @CMOIreland @MichealMartinTD @LeoVaradkar what should the immuno-compromised do now? You know they are still at severe risk from Covid. Daily cases are in the thousands,” wrote one person.

“The fact that Cabinet is considering an end to physical distancing is APPALLING! They have clearly stopped caring about the health of Ireland. Speaking as an immuno-compromised person, they should at least keep THAT if they’re throwing in the towel & letting us all catch Covid,” added another.

“I know a lot of people are excited about the restrictions lifting but please be patient with the vulnerable people who may be apprehensive or alarmed if a lot are lifted very quickly. Personally I’m really frightened by the idea that the need for Covid certs will be removed,” a third person shared.

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Speaking earlier today, An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that a virus monitoring system, permanent personal changes and better air quality are all part of the government’s long term plan to tackle Covid-19.

“We're going to put in a [monitoring] system to make sure that we can identify new variants quickly, and identify their spread quickly,” the Tánaiste told the media in an address today.

“There will be a big focus on permanent changes to the way we act as individuals, we may all choose to wear masks in certain settings in the future.

“We may all decide that we don’t go to work, or work from home, if we have symptoms in particular.”

“Something else we’re going to have to concentrate on over the next couple of months and years is air quality because we know that good air quality will reduce the transmission of all viruses,” he added.

Taoiseach Michael Martin is expected to announce the reduction of restrictions during a public address at 6pm today.

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