Ireland goes into Lockdown as new restrictions announced

Cheryl Sanders
March 28, 2020

From midnight tonight, everyone is to stay at home, unless they must travel to work but only those who work in essential services.

This is unless they must go to work which is essential and can not be done from home.

To attend medical appointments or collect medicines and other healthcare products.

Exercise should be done within two kilometres of where you live, and should be done alone.

Emergency laws could be passed today which will freeze rents and bring private hospitals into public use.

Mr Varadkar said he hoped people would comply with the limit, but gardaí would be available to police it.

There is also to be cuccooning measures for the elderly, given that 79 has been the median age of those who have died so far.

Mr Varadkar said: "I need to be very frank with people, the two parties together didn't win enough seats in the election to form a government".

"Our country is rising to this challenge, and I'm convinced we will prevail", he said.

"We have seen the numbers of people falling ill increase every day". We think now is the time for us to move to strengthen the measures further to try to spend two weeks to really suppress the transmission is as far as as much as possible in the community. "Older people and those most vulnerable must stay home altogether".

"So a lot of people will have had it compared to the Republic of Ireland and other European countries, and it will then be hard to lift some of the restrictions, particularly around travel and so on because the two countries, the two groups of countries, will be in completely different places".

"Last night you all stood and applauded our health care workers, tonight we are asking you to stand with them again - and stay at home."

The decision has been taken on foot the latest advice from the National Public Health Emergency team.

One of the three deaths reported by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today was a healthcare worker, it is understood.

Schools and universities as well as vast swathes of non-essential businesses have been closed by government order, whilst gatherings and events have also been banned across Ireland until April 19.

There were 255 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland announced on Thursday evening, bringing the total number of cases to 1,819.

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