Coronavirus: Ireland orders full national lockdown


  • People can only exercise within 3 miles of their home.
  • People can meet up with another household outside of their home for exercise within the 5 km limit outdoors.
  • Many unnecessary shops and hairdressers have to close.
  • Bars and restaurants can only offer take-away service.
  • The number of wedding guests allowed will remain at 25 until the end of the year;
  • The schools remain open.
  • Sporting events, including GAA inter-county championships and horse racing, may be held.

Ireland will be placed in one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe for six weeks starting Wednesday at midnight, despite no new deaths from Covid-19 being recorded today.

Cabinet ministers have agreed to impose Level 5 restrictions, which will force most businesses to close, prevent mass gatherings and restrict free movement across the republic until December 1.

The public is encouraged to stay at home and movement is allowed within 3 miles of their home.

Gatherings other than groups of 10 people at funerals and 25 people at weddings are prohibited, and only important businesses are allowed to remain open. Construction is allowed, but pPubs, restaurants and cafes can only offer takeaways and deliveries.

The Taoiseach said the government had introduced level 5 restrictions across the country because "the evidence of a potentially dire situation in the coming weeks was now too strong".

Michael Martin said schools and crèches would remain open because "we cannot and will not allow the future of our children and young people to be another victim of this disease". He added, "They need their training."

He also said The government will support efforts to suppress the virus with "increased financial assistance" to individuals and businesses, including improvements to the pandemic unemployment benefit and wage subsidy system.

Mr. Martin added that social isolation and anxiety are very "real problems" and therefore those who live alone or are single parents could mate with another household as part of a "support bubble".

The Irish Prime Minister said: "I understand the sense of disappointment, loneliness and maybe even despair that this announcement will bring for many and I feel very personal and profound."

Mr. Martin added that the country would not "celebrate the same Christmas we enjoyed in years past" but insisted that the holiday would provide a "break" if "each of us did so for six weeks what is required of us ".

Ireland recorded 1,283 coronavirus cases today, but deaths remain small with only three deaths recorded yesterday. No new deaths were reported today.

Of the new cases, 235 were in Dublin, 232 in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, and the remaining 410 cases were spread across 21 counties. As of 2 p.m. this afternoon, there were 298 people with Covid-19 in hospitals, including 34 people in intensive care units.

It comes when Wales was overthrown in two weeks "Firebreak" ban, when bars, restaurants and all non-essential shops close on Friday from 6pm.

In other coronavirus developments today:

  • Sir Patrick Vallance gloomy claimed that even with a vaccine, Covid-19 is unlikely to go away;
  • The UK recorded an additional 18,804 coronavirus cases today, up 34.6 percent last Monday. The death toll is 80, 60 percent higher than a week ago;
  • Wales has confirmed that there will be a breaker lockdown making England the only British nation not to impose any form of politics.
  • England's deputy chief medical officer called for the nation's curfew to be brought forward from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ireland will be slammed into one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe for six weeks starting Wednesday at midnight, despite no Covid-19 deaths recorded today. Taoiseach Mícheal Martin said the government was introducing level 5 restrictions because "the evidence of a potentially serious situation in the coming weeks was too strong".

Ireland has registered a total of 49,962 cases, with an additional 1,283 infections added in the last 24 hours

The death toll remains low, with just three deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 1,852 deaths. There were no new deaths today

The death toll remains low, with just three deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to 1,852 deaths. There were no new deaths today

Counties of Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan are currently at Level 4, while the rest of the country is at Level 3

Counties of Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan are currently at Level 4, while the rest of the country is at Level 3

Pedestrians wearing face masks in Dublin because the government imposed level 5 restrictions across the country this week

Pedestrians wearing face masks in Dublin because the government imposes level 5 restrictions across the country this week

Pedestrians wearing face covers in Dublin as the government imposes level 5 restrictions across the country this week

Pedestrians wearing face covers in Dublin as the government imposes level 5 restrictions across the country this week

Ministers will give Andy Burnham until 12:00 noon tomorrow to agree to enter the Level 3 lockdown or they will force the city – but the mayor is slamming Matt Hancock with "selective statistics" to scare off

Ministers are threatening to force Greater Manchester to lock Level 3 at 12 noon tomorrow unless local leaders agree to impose the economically damaging restrictions themselves.

Up to 10 million people will be living under the toughest of measures tomorrow after talks about whether the region should enter Tier 3 at very high risk stalled again today.

No10 has tried to get Andy Burnham to accept curbs that would bring the Manchester economy to a standstill by warning that the region's ICU beds could be overcrowded by mid-November.

So far, only Merseyside and Lancashire are in Tier 3, requiring closings of pubs and other venues that health officials claim are most contributing to the spread of Covid-19.

Another 5.3 million in Scotland and Northern Ireland are already subject to even more draconian restrictions, while 3.1 million in Wales will be completely suspended from Friday night.

Greater Manchester Labor Mayor Mr Burnham previously said they would still want an agreement on a financial assistance package before agreeing to comply with the highest restrictions.

However, in a statement released tonight, Robert Jenrick said he had written to local guides by noon tomorrow to reach an agreement on introducing Tier 3 curbs.

The community secretary blamed Mr Burnham for "the deterioration in public health in Greater Manchester" and warned the government to "take urgent action".

But the Mayor of Manchester struck back tonight, busting Health Secretary Matt Hancock's dubious use of "selective statistics" to spread fear and panic "over the NHS in Greater Manchester".

During a press conference after his address, Mr. Martin defended the government's decision not to move to level 5 earlier.

He said they "weren't ready to hit level 5 two weeks ago" and that he expected the country to be dealing with Covid-19 "for the whole of 2021".

"The budget itself was an important set of measures that would allow us to manage this in the medium term and well beyond the next six months as I think we will have Covid-19 with us for all of 2021." he said.

Public health officials yesterday recommended moving to level 5 for six weeks. It was the second time in a fortnight that they'd advised the government to act at the highest level.

The government disregarded the previous advice. Instead, they have placed the entire country in Level 3 restrictions. Currently Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan counties are at Level 4, while the rest of the country is at Level 3.

Political leaders were informed by health officials in Dublin on Saturday of their concerns over the recent rapid spread of the virus. The Cabinet Subcommittee met this morning to discuss the latest advice from Nphet.

The leaders of the ruling parties also met to discuss the final details of the plan ahead of Monday evening's cabinet meeting.

Earlier, Transport Secretary Eamon Ryan had warned that new restrictions would not be imposed immediately by saying, "You don't just flip a switch."

When asked about a timetable for the introduction of new measures, when he arrived for a meeting of the sub-cabinet on Monday, he said, “We will decide.

“I think one of the lessons before that is that you don't just flip a switch, you have to let people know a little bit. But the cabinet has to decide that. & # 39;

The chairman of the Greens, Mr Ryan, said he hoped the decisions made today would bring clarity to the public.

He said, “I hope there can be something because that's the important part of it. The Tanaiste got it right the other day, you need a number of indicators, but that has to be decided by the Cabinet. & # 39;

He also defended the time it took the government to respond to Nphet's advice to transition to the level five restrictions presented to Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly on Thursday for six weeks.

“I think it does things right. It's complicated, there are a multitude of effects on people's everyday lives.

"I think it is appropriate that we try to get the arrangements and details right during this time."

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said social support needs to be put in place.

She also called for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) cuts to be fully restored.

Ms. McDonald told RTE's Morning Ireland that changes to restrictions need to be "balanced" and communicated clearly as people would "really struggle" and "make themselves sick" from new restrictions.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan called on the government last week to put the Level 5 restrictions in place for a period of six weeks.

Counties of Donegal, Cavan, and Monaghan are at Level 4, while the rest of the country is at Level 3.

It was reported on Sunday that a new lockdown would take four weeks, but it has since emerged that ministers have been asked to provide six weeks of support.

Gaelic games, horse racing and greyhound racing are still allowed behind closed doors according to the rules of level 5.

The non-contact sports training for children and teenagers can be continued outdoors, but only in groups of 15 people. Funerals are limited to 10 people.

It comes as the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford said that today Everyone in Wales is instructed to stay at home unless they are a critical worker or cannot work from home.

Covid-19 will likely NEVER go away with a vaccine – which may not be available until spring 2021, warns Sir Patrick Vallance in yet another dire prediction of a pandemic

According to Sir Patrick Vallance, the coronavirus will likely never go away and a vaccine won't stop it entirely.

The senior scientific adviser, who spoke to members of the House of Lords today, said he thinks the virus will one day become like the flu and cause outbreaks every year.

He said ministers and experts should stop being too promising and be realistic about a vaccine's prospect and a vaccine's likely schedule.

A shock is unlikely to be completed before spring, said Sir Patrick, reiterating his previous warnings and those of his colleague Professor Chris Whitty that the Covid-19 battle will be lengthy.

At the same meeting, Sir Patrick said he still believes that a pandemic flu is the greatest threat to the UK and that his office has a second system in place in case another crisis breaks out before the coronavirus epidemic ends.

"I think we are unlikely to get a truly sterilizing vaccine – that is, something that will completely stop the infection – and it is likely that the disease will circulate and become endemic," Sir Patrick said at a meeting of the National Security Strategy Committee the Lords this afternoon.

“That's my best guess, and I think a lot of people on SAGE think this is a likely outcome.

“When management gets better, when you get a vaccination that reduces the risk of infection and the severity of the disease, or whatever the profile of the vaccines, it clearly looks more like annual flu than anything else.

"That could be the direction we end up going."

The Labor leader warned that failure to act now would mean "more people will die" as he said that households were forbidden to mix indoors and outdoors while exercise was allowed in the open air, but it has to "start and end at home".

Primary schools will reopen next week after the half-year, but secondary schools will not open until years seven and eight and for students taking exams.

The decision to impose a "short and deep" lockdown by November 9th, reflecting Sir Keir Starmer's national demands and wiping out Halloween and Bonfire Night, sparked angry political backlash after statistics show Wales saw a lower coronavirus infection rate exhibits than England.

The "breaking fire" move has been criticized by Welsh Tories, who said it would doom Wales to an endless cycle of two-week lockdowns, while Conservative MPs in Westminster said it was a "blunt instrument" and "the closure of all of Wales is disproportionate . " the risk in some parts of the country ”.

They also beat up Mr. Drakeford, accusing him of "small man syndrome". One MP told MailOnline: "They have someone who is the head of what is much smaller than the West Midlands but where they have a mayor, Wales." has a first minister.

“He tries to show that he is equal to Boris Johnson. He wants to be seen as equal, but is not. & # 39;

However, the move has put pressure on Mr Johnson, who despite the support of his own SAGE experts, has desperately opposed the option in England.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced today that millions more people in the north of England have been put into Tier 3 lockdown this week.

Mr Hancock said talks would take place with local leaders in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, the North East and Teesside after agreements were made for Liverpool and Lancashire.

But it came amid an ongoing argument with Greater Manchester. Ministers have issued an ultimatum to the region's Labor Mayor Andy Burnham and mutinous MPs that they must make a deal today – or that they will be forced into the tougher curbs tomorrow.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick warned the talks had been "too long" and urged the region to accept a funding package worth up to £ 100 million.

Downing Street tried today to put pressure on the Mancunian rebels by warning that unless the coronavirus outbreak is brought under control, the area's hospitals will be overwhelmed by October 28.

Speaking to the House of Commons this afternoon, Mr Hancock said: “Following the successful implementation of measures in Liverpool and Lancashire, talks will continue this afternoon with Greater Manchester under the direction of (the Secretary) and further talks with South Yorkshire, West, planned Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, the Northeast, and Teesside. & # 39;

However, along with the war of words with Mr Burnham and Labor, there is also a risk that the Conservative party will be torn apart – as local MPs, including 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady, oppose the need for extreme restrictions.

There was a brutal response from Red Wall MPs to Tory WhatsApp groups after Tier One colleagues sent a letter to Mr Burnham asking him to engage with the government's regional approach to other areas. Pain "to spare.

The intervention – which many believe was staged by Downing Street – sparked angry private disputes over an “all-round manhole,” with one MP reportedly nudging another: “They just want a promotion and like to throw colleagues together Bus to get there. & # 39;

Tonight a government spokeswoman said the last meeting was over. & # 39; Disappointingly, we still haven't been able to reach an agreement. This is especially true as the number of cases and hospital stays in Greater Manchester increases. We are carefully considering how to proceed, ”she said.

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