NPHET recommends entire country move to Level 5

  • NPHET recommends entire country move to Level 5

NPHET recommends entire country move to Level 5

Since then, the situation has escalated further: data shared at the Department of Health briefing last night indicates that if the current trajectory of the disease continues, there will be 1,800-2,200 cases a day, with 400 Covid-19 patients hospitalised.

Prof. Gerry Killeen, AXA Research Chair in Applied Pathogen Ecology at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork said that a move to Level 5 would be the "right thing to do".

"The higher the community transmission the more hard it is to protect medically vulnerable people in all heathcare settings".

"We have measures in place in Ireland that many European countries, even though they jave higher figures than Ireland, don't have in place".

That is what the next four weeks is about - protecting the health service and potentially preventing deaths, by getting on top of the numbers and stopping the spread.

After meeting with government representatives on Thursday evening, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan warned that the coronavirus situation in Ireland was "not in control".

NPHET are recommending the highest level of restrictions for a period of six weeks.

Galway is now at Level 3 along with most of the country, with additional restrictions on household visits, while counties Cavan, Monaghan, and Donegal are at Level 4.

In Level 5, people would be restricted to moving within 5km of their homes, pubs and restaurants would operate on a takeaway basis only and public gatherings would largely be banned.

The Government rejected the advice and opted to introduce level 3 restrictions nationwide on October 6 instead.

The measures will remain in place until Tuesday November 10th.

It means mean non-essential retail and personal services have had to close in those counties.

Weddings and funerals: A maximum of six people can attend weddings, and 10 people can attend funerals, with some other restrictions.

In the Republic of Ireland there have been three additional Covid-related deaths, bringing the total there to 1,841.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said on Thursday that NPHET has considered the issue, including around global practices such as "social bubbles". Right now, we need everyone to cut their social contacts to an absolute minimum.