Wednesday October 21, 2020

Analysis: Government hopes stricter enforcement and shock of Level 5 prospect will suffice

Source indicates nationwide move to Level 3 restrictions could be a temporary reprieve if second Covid-19 wave is not swiftly suppressed

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

5th October, 2020
Tony Holohan, the Chief Medical Officer, and Nphet recommended Level 5 restrictions for the country. He said the virus has to be ‘substantially’ suppressed ‘in advance of the winter months’. Picture: Sasko Lazaro/

Throughout his short time as Taoiseach, Micheál Martin has placed great stead in following “public health advice”.

Each time the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) has made a significant recommendation, his government has largely implemented it.

Kildare, Laois and Offaly were placed into a local lockdown. Dublin and Donegal were put under Level 3 restrictions.

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