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Head Of HSE Says They're Working On 'Absolute Premise' New Covid-19 Strain Is Here

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10:30 AM - 23 Dec 2020



The CEO of the HSE says Ireland is at the highest risk position in relation to Covid-19 to date.

Paul Reid says health officials are working on the ‘absolute premise’ that the new contagious strain of the virus is already here.

The country will start reverting back to Level 5 restrictions from tomorrow in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

Hotels, gastropubs, hairdressers, and beauticians will have to close, while restrictions on household visits and inter-county travel will be phased in from St Stephen's Day.

970 new cases were recorded yesterday; the highest in almost two months.

Paul Reid says checking for the new strain is now part of the testing process:

"We haven't identified it to date, but that doesn't indicate it isn't here. We're working on the absolute premise it is here."

Main image: File photo of Paul Reid. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland



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