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Ireland should consider local restrictions if there’s a big spike in Covid cases – WHO

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) special envoy on Covid-19 Dr. David Nabarro has stated that Ireland should consider introducing localised restrictions if there is a big spike in Covid-19 cases.

With Covid-19 cases remaining stubbornly high in Ireland, Nabarro said he believes localised restrictions are the “correct response” to tackling the surge.

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The five-day moving average in Ireland stands at 1,964 which although a slight reduction, is still a significantly high figure.

The Department of Health confirmed yesterday that there were 470 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 with 101 people receiving treatment in ICU.

At yesterday’s NPHET briefing, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan described the Covid-19 ICU cases as concerning while urging people to make personal risk assessments before taking part in high-risk activities.

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Nabarro was speaking to Newstalk when he recommended localised restrictions but didn’t advocate for a national lockdown.

“There may be some locally imposed restrictions, and that’s what I consider to be the right way of going about things when you have a big spike in cases and hospital services are being overwhelmed.”

IMAGE – “Switzerland China Virus Outbreak” (Public Domain) by brucedetorres@gmail.com

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