COVID-19: Government will give 'detailed consideration' to recommended Level 5 restrictions

Grant Boone
October 16, 2020

Asked about the possibility of a nationwide move to Level 5, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said he did not "want to speak specifically about any recommendations", adding that he was "not at all surprised at what the data is showing".

The Fine Gael leader said a second lockdown during the winter months would be hard for both people and businesses.

You also can not meet people socially in other settings.

There has been a further increase in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick, the National Public Health Emergency Team has confirmed.

It comes less than two weeks since NPHET told the Government that a move to level 5 restrictions was necessary.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn noted that they were seeing concerning reports of people going in to work despite experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

Public health officials made it clear a number of weeks ago they feel a level five lockdown is needed - and the situation has only deteriorated since then.

However the government opted to move all counties to level 3 instead.

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

All but essential retail outlets would be closed, and pubs, cafés, and restaurants would be allowed to offer takeaway services only.

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.

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

228 of Thursday's cases are in Dublin, while 173 are in Cork, 123 in Meath, 97 Galway, 63 in Cavan and the remainder spread across the country.

As of today, the number of Covid-19 inpatients at Altnagelvin Hospital has risen to 36 - an increase of five since the start of the week.

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) also revealed that one Covid-19 related death occurred in the Derry and Strabane council area between October 3-9.

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