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Ireland considers going back into full national lockdown for six weeks

Written by on 19/10/2020

Ireland’s government is considering going back into a full national lockdown for six weeks, Sky News understands.

The lockdown, which would put the country on it’s highest coronavirus alert level – 5 – has been recommended by health experts to halt the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Sky’s Ireland correspondent Stephen Murphy called it a “surprise move”.

He said: “All day the signs had been that a compromise Level 4 or ‘Level Four Plus’ response had been on the cards from a government that is privately quite reluctant to impose a draconian lockdown.

“However, we now understand that the original proposal from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is the one being considered at this afternoon’s cabinet meeting.

“The news will be met with dismay from retailers and the hospitality sector, which will grind to a halt again if the plan is approved.

“The restrictions would be similar to the initial lockdown in March, although it’s thought that schools will be kept open and the construction industry protected under the proposals.

“It’s important to stress that no final decision has yet been made – an anxious nation won’t get the official details until Prime Minister Micheal Martin gives a public address sometime around 9pm.”

 Sky News

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