= LIVE updates as Ireland's Covid reopening plans in doubt following leader's comments
LIVE updates as Ireland’s Covid reopening plans in doubt following leader’s comments

LIVE updates as Ireland’s Covid reopening plans in doubt following leader’s comments

The plan for the near-full reopening of Ireland on October 22 could be in tatters.

A number of the top Government leaders as well as the National Public Health Emergency Team have sounded the alarm after a concerning rise in a few key Covid-19 indicators.

For the first time since March, we have more than 400 people in Irish hospitals suffering with the virus, nearly 70 of which are in the Intensive Care Unit.

Cases are also spiking once more, with 2,066 new infections confirmed on Wednesday evening by officials.

It’s led the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer to fire warnings about the reopening date just eight days away.

You can follow all the updates from Thursday below.

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