London and the south east had been positioned underneath Tier four restrictions final evening in response to the extra rapidly spreading mutation of COVID-19.
The federal government’s contemplating introducing new journey restrictions from Britain resulting from fears over a newly found pressure of coronavirus.
Talking on RTÉ, Well being Minister Stephen Donnelly says there will likely be an announcement on potential restrictions later right this moment.
The variant’s emergence has prompted the UK authorities to introduce strict new restrictions in London and south east England.
Belgium and the Netherlands have additionally banned air journey from the UK due to the pressure, which spreads extra rapidly and has precipitated a rise in infections.
Director of the Nationwide Virus Reference Laboratory, Cillian De Gascun, says it is ‘seemingly’ it’s going to arrive right here given the quantity of journey between our two nations:
The British well being secretary’s urged individuals in areas underneath lockdown to ‘behave as if they’ve the virus’.
The announcement yesterday to maneuver London and the south east to Tier four resstrictions prompted a touch by many individuals earlier than the measures had been launched, and crowds shaped at some prepare stations in London.
Matt Hancock says this was reckless:
Belgium has change into the most recent nation to ban flights from the UK due to the brand new coronavirus pressure.
The nation’s prime minister says it is also stopping rail connections “out of precaution”.
The Netherlands had already barred air journey from Britain.
It says a case of somebody with the brand new variant has already been detected there.
In Northern Eire, the First Minister says Christmas Covid-19 restrictions stays an ‘evolving state of affairs’ amid the tightening of guidelines in different components of the UK.
Arlene Foster, Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill, the Well being Minister and senior well being officers met final evening on the matter, with additional discussions anticipated right this moment.
A six week lockdown there’s set to start out on December 26th, however as much as three households will likely be allowed collect in ‘social bubbles’ between the 23rd an 27th.
Donegal GP, Dr Denis McCauley says the state of affairs within the north is precarious:
Closing hospitality right here on December 30th will result in a surge in events in houses and different unregulated settings over New Yr, based on the Eating places Affiliation.
Cupboard’s anticipated to sign-off on the choice to close eating places and pubs serving meals after Christmas when it meets on Tuesday.
It comes as Gardai raided an unlawful pub in Navan this weekend, and located 30 individuals socialising inside with no face coverings and no social distancing being practiced.
Eating places Affiliation spokesperson, Adrian Cummins, says it highlights the necessity for regulated venues for individuals to assemble over New Yr:
Gardai broke up a ‘automotive meet’ of over 250 autos in Little Island, Cork final evening.
They obtained stories of a big group gathered at Eastgate and found as much as 800 individuals, together with males, girls and kids. .
Gardai say there was little or no proof of social distancing or compliance with public well being tips.
These in attendance had been requested to disperse and all complied.
One man in his late 20s was arrested for drunkenness offences and charged – he is to look in courtroom at a later date.
Employees shortages might have a big effect on the roll-out of the county’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, based on the HSE.
An inner report seen by the Sunday Impartial has raised severe issues concerning the sources out there for the nationwide marketing campaign.
It highlights the necessity for better experience and a fear concerning the readiness of its IT infrastructures.
In response to the publication of the doc, the HSE says it is at the moment within the strategy of recruiting 255 everlasting employees whereas 230 non permanent employees have been appointed throughout all public well being departments.
Monaghan GP, Dr Illona Duffy says the findings of the report are usually not a shock:
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