Ireland Enters Third ‘Full-Scale Level Five’ Lockdown

Ireland has returned to a ‘full-scale level five’ lockdown for at least one month as cases continue to rise with the new COVID-19 variant spreading rapidly.

Ireland has returned to a ‘full-scale level five’ lockdown for at least one month as cases continue to rise with the new COVID-19 variant spreading rapidly.

Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin announced the third lockdown in a televised national address after a cabinet meeting and described the situation as “extremely serious” as the new variant spreads “at a rate that has surpassed the most pessimistic models available to us.”

“With the presence of the new strain and the pace of growth, this is not a time for nuance in our response. We must apply the brakes to movement and physical interaction across the country,” Martin said.

“You should stay at home except for travel for work, education, or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within five kilometers of home,” Martin said, as part of the restrictions.

Under the level five restrictions, non-essential shops and leisure centers such as gyms, golf courses, and tennis clubs must close.

Schools will also remain closed until Jan. 11.

The restrictions also ban household visitors, except those who are part of a support bubble or provide care to children, the elderly, or the vulnerable.

The Irish government also said in a statement that the ban for air and ferry travel from the United Kingdom and from South Africa has been extended to Jan. 6.

“I know the next month will be very tough for everyone, but the work we do now will save lives,” Martin said.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Ireland has recorded a total of 88,439 cases and 2,213 deaths.


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