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Ireland's health chiefs recommending second nationwide shutdown over coronavirus
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DUBLIN - Ireland’s health chiefs recommended to the government on Sunday the country enter a second nationwide lockdown for four weeks in a surprise move the cabinet will discuss on Monday, two government sources said.
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Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team recommended a leap to the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions, Level 5, from current Level 2 controls in 24 of Ireland’s 26 counties and stricter Level 3 measures in Dublin and Donegal.
The government has almost entirely adopted their health chiefs’ advice throughout the pandemic, but one of the sources said a return to lockdown would have a serious economic and societal impact.
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Prime Minister Micheal Martin and the leaders of his two coalition partners will meet the country’s chief medical officer on Monday ahead of a cabinet meeting to discuss the recommendations.