Coronavirus in Ireland: Schools to reopen as planned, says Micheál Martin

Schools will reopen as planned on Monday after the midterm break, the taoiseach has confirmed.

reassured parents yesterday that children would return to their classrooms next week. The government had previously considered extended the midterm break for one week, as in Northern Ireland, to reduce infections.

“We’re saying they will open, of course they’ll open on Monday. There is a genuine desire to keep our schools open,” he said.

His comments came as 866 new cases of the virus were confirmed in Ireland yesterday, along with six deaths. That takes the total to 60,297 cases and 1,902 deaths. There are 328 patients in hospital, including 43 in intensive care.

Mr Martin said that schools were “essential” for children’s mental wellbeing, socialisation and

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