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Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD today joined an informal high-level video conference call of European Health Ministers to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

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The Ministers discussed the ongoing need for a co-ordinated and planned approach across Europe underpinned by public health advice and guidance. In Ireland, this is advised by the the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Speaking on the call, Minster Harris said: “At the appropriate time, Ireland will support a well-coordinated and planned exit approach across Europe. It is essential Europe works together to plan and learn from each other.

“While member States can learn from each other and share significant experience, it is essential people here continue to follow the public health advice.

“The disease is not yet under control. We must see a situation where the disease has significantly decreased and stabilised for a sustained period of time. Some of the indicators we are monitoring include the number of new infections, hospitalisations, patients in intensive care and patterns of transmission.

“Ireland is not yet at a stage to begin the reduction of the public health measures, but planning for the future approach to our exit strategy is underway.

“The efforts of the Irish public over the next three weeks will be crucial in this regard. We must stay the course and we must get the spread of this virus under control. This requires huge effort from everybody. Your efforts are helping us save lives.”


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