Government is at Covid-19 crossroads as restrictions loom large

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar leaving Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar leaving Cabinet meeting in Dublin Castle on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As the country wakes up under a blanket of Level 3 restrictions this morning, the spectre of more stringent restrictions still looms large.

Despite the Government deciding to rebuff a recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) for a move to Level 5, and despite Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s eye-opening comments on the same issue, he told a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party last night that a so-called circuit-breaker lockdown could still be on the horizon.

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