Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation has said that Ireland is doing the right thing with the reopening of schools, and that school administrators and teachers are to be commended on their diligence.

The Charlestown native said everyone needs to learn to live with the virus, and to take precautions and protections.

Speaking on national radio today, Dr Mike Ryan said Covid-19 remains a very dangerous disease, but said the rate in Ireland is still pretty good compared to other countries, despite the numbers of Covid-19 cases here having increased.

When asked about reopening pubs, Dr Ryan said opening any environment is potentially safe, so long as it is done in a safe way, adding that it is not about the pubs themselves but the way in which people behave in them.

He said that the primary focus must be on containing community transmission, wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and hygiene.

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