Covid-19: Signs of division grow as Government figures resist being 'bounced' into policy choice

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: urged people to ‘work together’ to defeat the virus. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan: urged people to ‘work together’ to defeat the virus. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Good morning – this morning we led with another sobering milestone in Ireland’s struggle with Covid-19: the number of deaths linked to the virus has now exceeded 2,000, with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, urging that people need to “work together” to defeat the virus.

In that case, the remainder of our lead story may make for slightly uncomfortable reading for the CMO, and his political colleagues, as it is clear their work together is anything but harmonious.

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