Amman – saraha news
Ireland’s prime minister Micheal Martin has confirmed the country will continue at the highest level of coronavirus restrictions until at least 5 April.
The Taoiseach said there will be a difference in the current Level 5 restrictions, with the phased reopening of schools from 1 March.
The government’s revised Living With COVID plan will also see the reopening of childcare start from 8 March and some non-COVID related health services will also resume.
Mr Martin said the situation will be reviewed on 5 April.
The next phase is set to include outdoor gatherings, some sporting activities, the gradual reopening of construction and movement on the 5k limit on non-essential journeys.
He said Ireland is “driving down the levels of infection”, but the emergence of the UK variant has made the situation very different to what it was several months ago.
The B117 variant – or the “Kent variant” – now accounts for 90% of new infections in Ireland, the Irish PM said