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COVID LATEST Cabinet to hold emergency meeting following Nphet's level 5 recommendation

Level five restrictions:

  • Households will not be allowed visit other households, with only essential retail allowed to stay open.
  • Schools and creches will stay open.
  • No organised gatherings, indoor or outdoor should take place while only 10 people would be allowed to attend funeral services.
  • Weddings would be limited to just six guests.
  • Bars, cafes and restaurants would be allowed to provide takeaways only.
  • People would be asked to work from home, limit their exercise to within 5km of their home and to avoid public transport unless necessary.
  • Visits to care homes would be suspended, except for compassionate circumstances.

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The Department of Health has confirmed that Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will return to work next Monday. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Department of Health has confirmed that Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will return to work next Monday. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Department of Health has confirmed that Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan will return to work next Monday. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

The Cabinet is to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the National Public Health Emergency Team's recommendation to impose level five restrictions on the entire country.

The three Government leaders are meeting Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at midday and a full Cabinet meeting will take place later this evening.

The Covid-19 Oversight Group led by the Department of the Taoiseach secretary general Martin Fraser is also expected to discuss the Nphet recommendations.

The National Public Health and Emergency Team (Nphet) met for several hours on Sunday following a worrying trend in the skyrocketing number of Covid-19 cases.

The public health experts are now recommending that the country moves into level five, the highest level of restrictions under the Government's Living with Covid-19 plan.

Under level five, bars, cafes and restaurants would be allowed to provide takeaways only and people would be asked to work from home, limit their exercise to within 5km of their home and to avoid using public transport unless necessary.

The restrictions would also mean weddings would be limited to just six guests and visits to care homes would be suspended except for compassionate circumstances.

However, schools and creches are to stay open.

This morning, HSE chief Paul Reid called for caution when considering an all-out lockdown.

“There's obvious concerns about the trends on #COVID19,” he wrote on Twitter.

“But we also know the impacts of severe & regular restrictions in society on the public health, wellbeing, mental health and the economy.

“Level 5 recommendation to Government has to be considered in this context too.”

Former Health Minister Simon Harris said further clarity is needed today after the news sparked anxiety when it emerged late last night.

"Doubt many of us got a night’s sleep. So many worries & questions on people’s minds. Leaks & speculation don’t help. Today needs to bring clarity," he tweeted.

"Until then let’s focus on what we can control & what we can do - keep distance, reduce contacts, wear face coverings #Covid19."

Meanwhile, the Department of Health yesterday reported 364 new cases and no further deaths.

There has now been a total of 1,810 Coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland and 38,032 cases.

Of the new cases, 100 were confirmed in Dublin, 55 in Cork, 31 in Donegal and of those cases, 74pc are under 45 years of age.

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