Pat Leahy: Government right to exert its authority over Nphet

Lockdown costs €1 billion a month – there was no choice but to reopen the economy

It is now clear that the second wave of the virus is considerably less dangerous than the first. Photograph: Getty Images

It is now clear that the second wave of the virus is considerably less dangerous than the first. Photograph: Getty Images

Exiting the lockdown and allowing the social and economic life of the country to reopen is a gamble for the Government, but one it has to take. Yes, the numbers of infections will begin to rise again in the coming weeks as a result of the increased social interactions allowed by the easing of restrictions. It is a long way to the week before Christmas, when the Government wants to remove the ban on home visits, and it is possible that a grim-faced Tony Holohan, barely suppressing the urge to holler “I-told-you-so”, will be reporting several hundred cases a day by then. That’s the vista that keeps people in Government awake at night.

Yet there is no choice but to reopen.

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