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Holohan & NPHET: Avoid Christmas parties, stay home

Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan and NPHET have urged the population to avoid Christmas parties and stay at home over the holiday season to slow the spread of Covid-19.

“These are decisions that nobody wants to be making,” said Holohan on RTÉ radio’s News at One.

This week Holohan noted that in the last 14 days there had been 55,000 cases of the virus recorded – the highest number since the start of the pandemic.

“There is no single measure on its own that will curb this,” he said.

“We need to use all of the measures together and use them properly and appropriately.”

Holohan warned that between 200,000 and 400,000 people could become infected with Covid-19 during the month of December alone if no action was taken in the next “two weeks.”

Notably, since the start of the pandemic, there have been 507,000 cases in Ireland.

Additionally, Education Minister Norma Foley has called on parents not to organise play dates for their children, as the state implements a midnight hospitality curfew, work from home advice, and other Covid-19 restrictions.

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