Government set to reject nationwide Level 5 recommendation, enforce Level 3 instead 3 weeks ago

Government set to reject nationwide Level 5 recommendation, enforce Level 3 instead

A Cabinet meeting will be held today.

The government is set to reject NPHET's recommendation of a nationwide total lockdown, according to reports.

The National Public Health Emergency Team recommended last night that the entire country be placed under Level 5 restrictions to curb the spread of Coivd-19.

RTÉ News reports that the government is set to reject this proposal and enforce nationwide Level 3 restrictions instead.

Earlier this afternoon, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, and Eamon Ryan met with Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan for an emergency meeting.

NPHET recommended the country be placed under Level 5 restrictions, which would restrict movements to within a 5km radius, ban all gatherings, and close all non-essential shops.

The Cabinet is expected to meet later today to discuss the nationwide introduction of Level 3 restrictions instead, and how to further enforce them.

This comes after Saturday saw the highest number of recorded Covid cases in Ireland in months. 1,810 people have died.