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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ireland Implements a 6-Week National Pandemic Lockdown

COVID-19 cases rise in Ireland, forcing them to return to a nationwide shutdown, said Prime Minister Michael Martin on Monday.

COVID-19 cases rise in Ireland, forcing them to return to a nationwide shutdown, said Prime Minister Michael Martin on Monday.

Nonessential retail businesses are ordered to close. Residents are required to stay within 3 miles of their homes, except for work and other essential activities.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, the country has entered its highest level of COVID-19 restrictions for six weeks, starting on Thursday. 

The country anticipates approximately 150,000 people to lose their jobs soon during the lockdown.

In response to this, Ireland is increasing its pandemic unemployment checks and is asking for commercial landlords to give their tenants a break. 

Varadkar emphasized that the government tried to avoid the national lockdown, however, their main priority is to flatten the virus’ curve. 

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