Lockdown in Ireland to be extended until early April

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In Ireland, the coronavirus lockdown is to be extended until early April. There will be “restrictions on a large scale” until Easter, government leader Micheal Martin told public broadcaster RTE today.

Since Christmas, restaurants and pubs have been closed in Ireland, and since New Year’s Day, stores for non-essentials have also been closed. Since the beginning of the year, there have been no more face-to-face classes in schools.

Reopening schools and construction projects will be priorities when the government reconsiders lockdown measures, Martin said. Ireland had weathered the first two waves of coronavirus comparatively smoothly. But when Martin announced certain relaxations in the measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic at Christmas, case numbers skyrocketed dramatically.

Last week, statistics showed 101 coronavirus deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, 3,794 infected people have died in the country with a population of around five million.

Austria on red list
Ireland also put Austria on a red list today with tighter restrictions on entry. As background Reuters calls the coronavirus mutations detected in Austria.

Entrants from Austria must undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Ireland in the future, Martin said. Free testing is not possible.

Until now, the stricter entry rules applied only to South Africa and Brazil. Now Austria, the United Arab Emirates and sub-Saharan African countries have been added to the list of countries where variants of the coronavirus occur.

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