Schools Still Set To Reopen After Christmas Holidays Despite Rising Covid Cases

Schools across the Republic of Ireland are still on track to open after the Christmas break…

The schools are due to re-open their doors on Thursday January 6th.

Despite the rising Covid-19 cases, the Government’s plans to reopen the schools are currently unchanged at the time of writing.

The Government’s Cabinet and NPHET were due to meet on Thursday January 6th, but according to RTE journalist Micháel Lehane, they will now be meeting on Wednesday January 5th.

Yesterday, the Republic of Ireland had recorded over 16k Covid-19 cases. There has been public doubt over the school’s ability to reopen to a cohort of students who are predominantly unvaccinated against the virus.

Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, expressed his concern over the trend:

“In recent days, we have seen a rise in new admissions to hospital of COVID-19 patients, at levels not seen since January 2021.”

“On two consecutive days this week, over 100 patients with COVID-19 were either admitted to hospital or received a ‘detected’ test result while in hospital.”

“Today, we are also reporting our highest ever number of confirmed cases in Ireland,” he said.

Likewise, staffing was already an issue across school communities. With Covid-19 transmission high across the community, the school community will also be impacted.

It is likely that the Government will make a national announcement following the next meeting, with a new reported scheduled date for Wednesday 5th, the day before the schools are set to reopen.

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