The week the State’s Covid gears were jammed into reverse

Officials hope heavy messaging, restrictions and boosters will start to do their work

After months of going forward, as Taoiseach Micheál Martin liked to call it, and of promising there was no going back, the State’s Covid gears were about to be jammed into reverse

After months of going forward, as Taoiseach Micheál Martin liked to call it, and of promising there was no going back, the State’s Covid gears were about to be jammed into reverse

None of the decision-makers who entered the room for the Cabinet sub-committee meeting on Monday night were under any illusions about where the situation was going.

Many of them had been in contact with each other over the proceeding days – via text, over the phone or in person in their offices in Government Buildings, in the Department of Health and at the HSE – as the worsening Covid numbers took hold and the State’s hospitals filled up.

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