Coronavirus Ireland: Dr. Tony Holohan briefs on Christmas trips while...

The Chief Medical Officer gave an update on whether people can return home from abroad for Christmas and said, “All measures are under review.”

Countless people who may have emigrated to countries around the world do not currently know whether or not they will be allowed to return to Ireland for the Christmas season.

International travel was strictly discouraged as the virus continues to be combated.

Dr. Tony Holohan said measures such as rapid tests will be checked on departure and arrival. However, he insisted that the number of cases must continue to decrease in the coming weeks.

In a press conference, Dr. Holohan Tonight: “One of the things that can be safely said at this point is that we will look at all of these measures over the next few weeks.

“Ultimately, the recommendation that we will make to the government over the coming weeks will be based on ongoing discussion.

“When we get to where we want to be by the end of November, so we can recommend that the government withdraw the existing measures. And what measures would be required beyond this point is indicated. ”Considerations.



Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer.
(Image: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos)

“And travel will be one of the considerations. If we make progress in this country and reduce the level of infection in this population, thereby reducing the risk of taking this infection from someone else who moves around this country, then relatively describes the importance of international travel as a cause of infection. ”

On the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine in the near future, Dr. Holohan: “We as an international community are increasingly optimistic that we will hopefully see some developments in this area in the coming months and early 2021.

“But it is a major logistical challenge for countries to introduce these vaccines. From today’s perspective, we don’t know exactly how many different vaccines we will have as effective candidates. ”

Dr. Holohan added that the biggest challenge for countries will be to get vaccines in place as soon as possible, with priority groups like vulnerable and vital workers possible.

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