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Irish restrictions likely in place for weeks: health minister

News conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's health minister expects to be advised on Friday to keep the significant restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus in place for a period of weeks but that the country will have to move onto a "different terrain" after that.

"What's highly likely tomorrow is that the National Public Health Emergency Team will recommend that we continue with the very strict restrictions ... I expect that to be a period of weeks," Simon Harris, who ordered citizens on March 27 to stay home until at least Sunday, told broadcaster Virgin Media.

"In relation to the roadmap, there is going to be a point in this country where we will have to live alongside the virus, for want of a better phrase, where sadly people will still get sick and sadly some people will still die but it is at a rate that is sustainable for our doctors to manage."


(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Alison Williams)