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Off the lock Taoiseach rules out lockdown for unvaccinated but calls for 'reduced socialising'

Mr Martin said he does not see a lockdown being brought in only for unvaccinated people as has been done in Austria, where two million people remain unvaccinated.

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has ruled out a lockdown only for unvaccinated people.

The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19 will meet tonight to make key decisions on Nphet’s latest recommendations, which include extending the use of Covid passes beyond hospitality and working from home.

Speaking in Navan this afternoon, Mr Martin said he does not see a lockdown being brought in only for unvaccinated people as has been done in Austria, where two million people remain unvaccinated.

“I don’t anticipate we’ll be going down that route, we’ve got 93pc, 94pc vaccinated,” he said.

“They’re in a different situation, I think they’re 64pc, 65pc vaccinated, which means that they’ve a big issue with a significant number of people which remain unvaccinated.”

He said that this Covid surge is the “wave of the unvaccinated” where people who are not jabbed make up the majority of numbers in hospital or in intensive care.

Mr Martin said people now have to “adjust our behaviours”.

“Now that the numbers are very high again, I think we have to adjust our behaviours both individually, collectively, as groups, as families, that’s the real message that Nphet have been communicating for quite some time,” he said.

“I think the bottom line for all of us is that we do have to reduce socialisation,” he said.

He declined to say if Covid passes will be rolled out in gyms and hairdressers and said that a decision on this will be made at tonight’s crunch meeting.

Mr Martin said that antigen testing will be deployed in “wider society” and that Cabinet will sign off on some antigen test measures tomorrow.

He said that having subsidised antigen tests which are “more affordable” throughout the winter is important, but did not say that they would be free.

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When asked about a circuit-breaker lockdown in the lead up to Christmas, Mr Martin said that it is “it’s not just about Christmas”.

“It’s about getting through this phase,” he said.

“I think we need to take it now steady and step by step.”

He said that “behaviour is key” as is “compliance with guidance”.

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