Varadkar says a short, hard lockdown may be needed to suppress the spread of Covid-19

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that a “short, hard lockdown to knock the virus on the head again” could be considered and implemented by the government in the near future.

Writing in today’s Sunday Independent, Varadkar warned that a second lockdown would have far-reaching impacts that would need to be considered before any such decision is made.

In recent weeks Covid-19 has increased rapidly across the country, with the 14-day incidence rate increasing by 39% in the past week.

“This would represent a short, hard lockdown to knock the virus on the head again, and reduce case numbers to a manageable level. Similar to a second lockdown – but not as long,” Varadkar wrote.

“It may well be needed at some point. No other country in Europe has tried this. It would be an experiment but it could work. In Israel is seems to be producing results,” he continued.