Ireland “must return to full-scale Level 5 restrictions for a least one month”, the prime minister Micheal Martin has said.
Addressing the nation, he described the situation as “extremely serious”, saying the new strain is “spreading at a rate that has surpassed the most pessimistic models available to us”.
He said: “The numbers will deteriorate further over the coming days.
“With the presence of the new strain and the pace of growth, this is not a time for nuance in our response. We must apply the brakes to movement and physical interaction across the country.”
He went on: “We must return to full-scale Level 5 restrictions for a period of at least one month.”