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Corona concern Doctor warns some people are 'making the same mistakes' amid Covid-19 pandemic

Members of the public and businesses have been urged to be cautious as restrictions are relaxed, with the current national 14-day incidence rate standing at 129.7 per 100,000.

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Dr Ray Walley administering the Moderna vaccine to GP Kathleen McClory in Dublin (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA)

Dr Ray Walley administering the Moderna vaccine to GP Kathleen McClory in Dublin (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA)

Dr Ray Walley administering the Moderna vaccine to GP Kathleen McClory in Dublin (Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland/PA)

A leading GP has warned that some Irish people are making “the same mistakes” as earlier in the pandemic. 

Dr Ray Walley - a member of the GP Expert Advisory Group on Covid-19 - cautioned that following public health advice was crucial as Ireland prepared to lift further restrictions on Monday.

His warning came as some businesses including hairdressers and other personal services prepare to open for the first time in several months.

Click and collect and appointment-only shopping will also resume, while the inter-county travel ban will also be lifted from Monday.

Members of the public and businesses have been urged to be cautious as restrictions are relaxed, with the current national 14-day incidence rate standing at 129.7 per 100,000.

Dr Walley told Newstalk that “people are making the same mistakes that they did before”, including people with symptoms failing to isolate from others.

“It's the same mistakes we've made before, what we need to do is reinforce it, especially as measures change on May 10th with the reopening of society,” he said.

“We all want a meaningful summer, we want to be able to meet up, we want to be able to enjoy ourselves, but that is all within our own hands, it's a matter of doing the basics well.”

He also echoed the warning of Dr Tony Holohan this weekend not to rely on antigen tests on sale in supermarkets amid concerns about their reliability. “No test is 100% accurate, but at best, these tests are 50% accurate,” he said.

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