DUBLIN: Noticing the highest increase in COVID-19 infections since April, National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) recommended the Government of Ireland to move to lockdown Level 5. Level 5 is the most severe alert level in the Government of Ireland’s strategy for fighting the disease. This level will resemble the lockdown experienced by citizens in March and April when the pandemic was at its worst in the country.
Paul Reid, CEO, Health Service Executive, showed concern over the impact of severe restrictions on people’s mental health. General practitioners in the country are very concerned about the doubling of cases, which they fear could lead to no occupancy available in intensive care units by November. Dr Mary Favier, former President, Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP), said, “A lockdown would be necessary because of the vulnerability of the healthcare system.”
This phase of lockdown will not allow any house visits, family gatherings, indoors or outdoors. Only six people will be permitted to attend a funeral and only ten people will be allowed to take part in a wedding. The capacity of public transports will be reduced to 25 per cent and only essential retail shops would remain open. The Coalition Leaders have scheduled a meeting with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan on Monday, October 5, concerning the recommendations.