Coronavirus: why the Republic of Ireland is going into full national lockdown

Ireland is heading back into a complete lockdown after the government in Dublin rejected calls for the country to attempt to reach herd immunity. 

As of Wednesday, non-essential shops will be closed and people will be asked to stay at home, as the republic closes “much of its economy and society in a second Covid-19 lockdown that imposes some of the severest restrictions in Europe”, The Guardian says.

The measures are scheduled to remain in place for six weeks, but will be reviewed after four and adjusted depending on the severity of coronavirus infection rates.

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The Irish Department of Health yesterday reported 1,031 new cases, taking the total to 50,993.


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