Ireland is going to become the first European country to undergo a new total lockdown starting tomorrow. Over the next six weeks, its five million inhabitants they must remain at home and they will only be able to travel within 5 kilometers of their homes to work or exercise. Non-essential shops will have to remain closed and bars and restaurants can only serve take away food.
However, schools and nurseries will remain open, the main difference from the long lockdown last spring. Prime Minister Micheal Martin announced the new measures on Monday night, when he decreed the maximum alert. “If we battle together in the next six weeks, we will have a chance to celebrate Christmas correctly“he assured in a message.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused at least 1,865 deaths in Ireland, according to official figures. After a maximum of 77 deaths per day in April, the number of deaths now reaches a dozen per day. The incidence of the coronavirus in the country which stands now in more than 260 per 100,000 inhabitants.
According to the public network RTE, the Government has approved sanctions in case of violation of the restrictions, with fines of up to 1,000 euros. The Shay Howlin costume shop in Dublin has been taken by storm by customers wanting to celebrate Halloween in lockdown.
On the other hand, the Government will ask more than 2,500 positive cases to identify on their own those with whom they have been in contact, given the collapse of the tracking system of the health authorities. The Irish National Health Service (HSE) has confirmed who will send messages to this group of people who tested positive last weekend to start the tracking process.
They should forward that text message to those with whom they live or have been in contact for more than 15 minutes in the days prior to diagnosis, it is estimated that there could be more than 8,000 people.