The leading Irishman in the World Health Organisation has warned that there are no easy answers when it comes to easing coronavirus restrictions for Christmas.

It comes as the Government prepares to announce its plan for lifting Level Five restrictions over the Christmas period.

It is expected shops, gyms and hairdressers could return next week, with the hospitality industry hoping to follow a week later.

Speaking to journalists before being awarded 2020 Bar of Ireland Human Rights Award today, Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme, and a native of Charlestown, county Mayo, says the Government is facing some tough decisions.

“These are a series of trade-offs and genuine dilemmas for which there are no correct, scientific answers,” he said.

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