No further Covid restrictions will be imposed by the Government this week, as Ministers and public health officials wait until at least the end of next week before deciding if further measures are required to tackle the fourth wave.

 

The Irish Times reports that Ministers and officials said they saw tentative signs the huge recent spike in infections, hospital cases and ICU admissions was beginning to abate, though Tánaiste Leo Varadkar  said it was too early to be definitive.

 

Meanwhile, plans for the State to subsidise antigen tests, bringing the cost down to €2-€3 each, have been further delayed and may not now be ready for approval until next week.

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