COVID RESPONSE MOVES UP A GEAR AS PANDEMIC SPREADS AGAIN IN MONAGHAN

12 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“WE MUST PUSH BACK THE VIRUS” – COUNCIL CHAIR A 2% increase in the representational

Michael Fisher

The alarming rise in the daily figures of Covid-19 cases in Co, Monaghan and in other parts of the State over the past two weeks has meant the re-introduction of measures to control the virus. There were 124 cases of Covid in the county in the two weeks up to Sunday night, bringing the total from 606 to 730. As predicted last week, it has meant that the government decided to move the level of response up a gear from Level Two to Level Three. The National Public Health Emergency Team felt the situation warranted a move to the top level of response (level five). However, for the first time since the public health crisis began seven months ago, the advice of the medical experts was turned down. This time the politicians took over, aware of the severe economic consequences that might accompany the enforced closure of businesses and retail outlets, some of which had only recently re-opened.

TAOISEACH’S ANNOUNCEMENT
In a televised address on Monday evening, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said the Cabinet had decided not to move to a more comprehensive lockdown at this stage. The introduction of severe restrictions now would have a very damaging effect…

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