Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

09.23 29 Aug 2020


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It's "highly likely" the Kildare local lockdown will be lifted on Monday or Tuesday, according to a local TD.

Independent TD Cathal Berry says he's very optimistic about an early exit from lockdown.

The restrictions in the county were extended for two more weeks earlier this month, despite the restrictions being lifted in Laois and Offaly.

However, Dr Ronan Glynn said last week that health officials would explore easing measures as early as they could.

Recent days have seen a low number of new cases in Kildare, including just seven confirmed on Thursday and fewer again yesterday.

Speaking to Shane Beatty on Newstalk Breakfast, Deputy Berry - a retired senior medical officer who now represents Kildare South - said the recent numbers are encouraging.

He said: "The next NPHET meeting is Monday or Tuesday of next week. If you look at the data... the numbers are very, very reassuring - in fact actually encouraging.

"I think it's now becoming highly likely that on Monday or Tuesday that Kildare is going to exit what is its third lockdown.

"I think the decision will be data-driven, and I think we're going to be in a good place on Monday or Tuesday."

He said it's vital to see the 'direction of travel' when it comes to the coronavirus numbers rather than just what had happened in 24-48 hours - but the "direction of travel is very good at the moment".

Deputy Berry stressed he had "no inside information" other than the raw figures which have been made publicly available.

However, he said: "The figures for the last 48 hours in particular have been excellent.

"You'll be able to predict how NPHET will decide early next week by looking at the figures from today, Sunday and Monday night."

Main image: File photo of Kildare town. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

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