Ireland will impose “decisive” nationwide COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said on Sunday.
“The government will act, the action will be decisive and it will be nationwide action,” Harris told national broadcaster RTE. “Tomorrow we will have to bring in more restrictions. Level 3 has not worked. I don’t want to be pedantic about the phrase lockdown but I don’t think that’s exactly where we’re going but there will certainly be more restrictions.”
On Saturday, Ireland broke its record for the number of cases recorded in a single day for the fourth time in the space of a week, bringing cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days to 232, the 12th highest rate among the 31 countries monitored by the European CDC.
Ireland has reported 49,962 coronavirus cases and 1,852 COVID-19 deaths.