NPHET are "not contemplating a national lockdown as things currently stand" 2 months ago

NPHET are "not contemplating a national lockdown as things currently stand"

Kildare will remain under local restrictions.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said a second national lockdown is not being considered as things currently stand.

There were 92 confirmed cases of Covid-19 notified today, while no further deaths were reported

Ireland has seen a steady rise in cases in recent weeks, with 1,535 people confirmed to have the virus in the last 14 days. The 14-day incidence, or current rate of infection here, now stands at 32 cases per 100,000.

Regional restrictions currently in place in Kildare, extended for an additional fortnight past those of neigbouring counties Laois and Offaly, will also remain for the moment. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said that the county still has the highest 7 and 14 day incidence of the virus in the country, and while the situation in the county is "improving and stabilising", it is "too early to relax the measures".

Pubs will not be reopening as was potentially mooted on 31 August. Dr Glynn said that when the current restrictions are due to come to an end, the opening of 'wet pubs' would also be considered, but it would not be safe to do so considering the progression of the virus in recent weeks.

Despite this, Dr Glynn said that NPHET are "not contemplating a national lockdown as things currently stand", but said that to prevent a situation arising where it was needed that every one in the country needed to continue following basic public health advice such as regular hand-washing, good sneeze and cough etiquette, limiting close contacts, wearing a face coverings in retail outlets and on public transport and maintaining social distancing.

Further detail was also provided about specific outbreaks, with almost two thirds being related to gatherings in houses. Of the 392 Covid-19 outbreaks currently open and being managed in the Republic of Ireland, 252 of these are related to social gatherings in private households.