Due to the growing number of coronavirus infections, the Irish government has decided to reintroduce some restrictions. Restrictions concern, among others, the restoration of remote work, covid certificates and the reduction of the opening hours of shops and restaurants.
93 percent adult residents of Ireland are vaccinated. However, the country now has one of the highest infection rates in the world.
Return of some restrictions in Ireland
From Friday, the recommendation to work remotely, unless the physical presence of the person is absolutely necessary, and the recommendation to limit social contact are restored. The requirement to present covid certificates, which so far was necessary to enter nightclubs, pubs, restaurants and eateries, will be extended to cinemas and theaters. Pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs will have reduced opening hours and must close at midnight.
In addition, household members of someone infected with the coronavirus must restrict leaving home for five days – even if they themselves are asymptomatic and vaccinated. During these five days, they must perform three rapid antigen tests for coronavirus, which in Ireland – unlike, for example, in the UK – are paid. Only teachers will be exempt from the five-day limit on attendance.
Coronavirus in Ireland
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Tuesday night that people need to be aware that “the situation is getting worse and will get even worse before it gets better”. He explained that there is now a large increase in patients with problems other than COVID-19, and if the number of coronavirus infections continues to increase at the rate it does today, no healthcare system can stand it. – The primary goal is to prevent people in serious condition from ending up in hospitals. We just have to limit the growth we are currently experiencing, he said.
The Irish government also announced the start of a third dose of the vaccine, the so-called a booster dose that can be taken by all people over 50 and people under this age suffering from conditions that increase the risk of COVID-19.
Vaccinations said Ireland was in a better position than a year ago, Martin said, and the extent of the measures taken “is an appropriate response to the situation we are in”. However, the public RTE station reports that some members of the government unofficially express concerns that further restrictions will have to be reintroduced in the coming weeks. According to scientists, the peak of the fourth wave of the pandemic in Ireland will occur in late December and the high number of infections will continue until February.
In Ireland, the average daily number of infections over seven consecutive days now exceeds 4,000, although at the beginning of October it was about 1,200, and last week the number of deaths was 74, which means that it was the highest since the end of March. According to data from the World Health Organization, the incidence rate of COVID-19 in the last 14 days in Ireland is 959 per 100,000. inhabitants, which is the highest number in Western Europe and the 12th highest in the world. Ireland is also in the forefront of the world when it comes to vaccinated people – 93% of both doses were consumed. adult population and about 90 percent. residents over 12 years of age.
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