The Chief Medical Officer says the possibility of Covid-19 restrictions can't be ruled out in the future.

Dr Tony Holohan will tell an Oireachtas Committee later today that new measures "may be required", despite high vaccination rates.

He will tell TD's and Senators the trajectory of the disease remains uncertain, and so an "agile" response will be needed.

Dr Holohan will say that rapid self-isolation, mask-wearing and robust testing and contact tracing will remain through the Autumn & Winter.

Despite very high levels of Covid-19 vaccine uptake, Dr Holohan will also say vaccines on their own will not bring down the reproductive ‘R’ number below 1 this autumn and winter due to the Delta variant.

This will mean there will remain a need for public health measures to remain throughout the coming months.

It comes as a further 1,181 new cases were confirmed yesterday, while 275 covid patients were in hospital last night, 60 of which are in ICU.

However, Chairman of the Irish Medical Organisation's GP sub-committee, Dr. Denis McCauley, believes a scenario of further restrictions is an unlikely one...

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