16 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

With a further increase in the level of coronavirus in Co. Monaghan in the past week, the Cabinet was meeting yesterday evening to discuss the possibility of increasing Covid-19 restrictions around the border. Government sources indicated it was “possible” some border counties such as Monaghan would shortly move to Level 4 of the State’s ‘Living with Covid’ framework. There has been discussion about the possibility of Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal where the incidence is the highest in the Republic (see table) going up to Level 4 as early as this evening.

The Northern Ireland Executive introduced a limited lockdown for four weeks from tomorrow (Friday) which will involve schools and colleges staying shut for a fortnight over the Halloween break from Monday, as well as a series of other restrictions. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said schools in the Republic will remain open despite the decision to close them in the North.

“The plan is for the normal break to happen,” he said. “Obviously we are very cognisant of what is happening in Northern Ireland. It was the right move by the Executive in my opinion.” “The situation is of concern. Their case numbers are several times ours when you adjust for population,” Mr Donnelly said. In relation to potential increased restrictions in border counties, Mr Donnelly said there is an ongoing conversation…

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