NPHET Recommends All Counties Move To Level Five Restrictions

Ireland to consider renewed lockdown advice from health chiefs

Ireland to consider renewed lockdown advice from health chiefs

Health officials last night reported a record 1,205 new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland and three further deaths. "That's the situation in the North of Ireland", he said.

Although the letter has not been published as of yet (it will be made available to the public here), multiple government sources have confirmed the NPHET recommendation to RTÉ News. Household visits were also restricted to essential circumstances across the rest of the Republic, which is in Level 3 of the five-level coronavirus alert system.

Nphet met yesterday to discuss the escalating situation with the virus after the Government banned gatherings in homes and introduced level four restrictions in Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said on Thursday that NPHET has considered the issue, including around global practices such as "social bubbles".

Although NPHET's recommendations are not as yet offically announced.

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RTE has found that the letter does not recommend school closings, while the 5km limit for travel below level 5 could be changed.

He said the Cabinet is not due to meet today'.

There has been a total of 1,838 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

He advised that the country increases its restrictions to Level Five for six weeks in order to curb the recent spike in cases. He said he did not want to be rushed into making a decision on a Covid-19 lockdown until it was completely necessary to do so. However, Mr Holohan's advice was rejected by the Government on that occasion as they did not believe the country was prepared for a second lockdown.

Tony Holohan said that people should reduce their socialising as much as possible, and noted that it was now clear the virus was not under control.

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