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Ireland: New coronavirus measures, Leo Varadkar warns Dublin

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 16, 2020
Leo Varadkar has issued a very frank warning to the people of Dublin.
Leo Varadkar
New coronavirus measures   Leo Varadkar
The Tanaiste spoke to reporters on Monday evening and admitted that drastic action was to needed to keep coronavirus case numbers in the city from rising.

Topics: Ireland

"The truth is the situation in Dublin is worrying," Varadkar said.

"We have seen a situation where the incidence of the virus was as low as five or six per 100,000 over 14 days, now it's hitting about 80.

"Depending on how you count it, a 10 or 20 fold increase of the virus in Dublin within the space of a few weeks.

"And while that has not yet resulted in a dramatic increase in people in hospital or ICUs or deaths, the truth is it is probably going to head that way if we don’t get on top of it."

Health chiefs confirmed an additional 357 cases of the virus with 218 of them in Dublin.

The Government unveiled its new five-stage plan for managing coronavirus through the winter months.

The country will start on level two but additional measures were put in place for Dublin in a bid to flatten the curve in the city.

Among the additional restrictions, pubs in the capital must remain closed for at least another three weeks but will reopen in the rest of the country.

People living in the city are being encouraged not to travel outside the country and six people from no more than two households are allowed to visit another person's home.

But the alarmingly high infection rate in the county means it is likely that Dublin will be moved to level three of restrictions by Friday.

Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland this morning, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said there is "a very real possibility" that the additional measures will be introduced.