Thursday October 22, 2020

Analysis: Government has exceptionally tough call to make on Level 5 restrictions

Choose not to follow Nphet’s advice and this comes back to haunt you if deaths rise — or follow its recommendation, which then has severe repercussions for huge swathes of the population

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

5th October, 2020
Tony Holohan, the returning Chief Medical Officer, will today meet with senior government figures. Picture: Sam Boal,

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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