Nphet recommend easing of face mask rules

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) is to propose changes to current face mask requirements following a meeting of the group earlier today.

According to The Irish Times, it is understood Nphet agreed face coverings should only be required in healthcare settings, meaning they will no longer be obligatory in schools and retail settings, or on public transport.

The group is also thought to have given the green-light for a radical shake up of the testing system, however, further details of the plan have not yet been revealed.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan also thanked the group’s members, explaining today’s meeting may be the last in Nphet’s current form.

As the country moves from a Covid-19 state of emergency, it is thought the Government’s approach will become more normalised.



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Dr Holohan will now convey the group’s recommendations to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly who will bring the advice to Cabinet.

The recommendations come as 9,441 new cases of the virus were logged on Thursday.

The Department of Health said 5,035 cases were confirmed by a PCR test, while a further 4,406 cases were from positive antigen test results uploaded via the HSE’s online portal.

This morning, there were 639 patients hospitalised with the virus, of which 58 were in ICU.