The Taoiseach has said the lockdown must continue in order to defeat the Coronavirus.

Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil the government will unveil a roadmap for the easing of restrictions tomorrow.

The Taoiseach outlined the five criteria by which the government will judge whether restrictions can be lifted.

They are the progress of the disease, healthcare capacity, the capacity of testing and contact tracing, the ability to shield at risk groups and the risk of secondary morbidity.

A roadmap for easing restrictions is due to be announced tomorrow, however the Taoiseach has said the restrictions will largely continue:

The Dáil has been debating the measures this evening.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin believes the widespread wearing of facecloths should now happen

While Labour's Alan Kelly has called for members of the National Public Health Emergency Team making big decisions to come before the Dáil

An announcement on the future of restrictions will come tomorrow evening



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