The confusion over what the Covid-19 measures would apply to Dublin, the direct contradictions between ministers, and the sudden declaration that cabinet members were “self-isolated” overcame the publication of the government’s plan to deal with the pandemic for the next six months.
Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will use a five-level framework to control the spread of the corona virus.
While the country is currently assigned to the second level, Dublin was included in the second level but became operational on Tuesday night with additional restrictions.
There was confusion as to what the actual restrictions were. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said residents of Dublin can travel outside the country.
However, Taoist Michael Martin later clarified the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPET), which encouraged people not to travel to Dublin but did not impose any restrictions.
“I encourage people not to travel if possible,” Martin told RTE.
Tennis leo Varadkar told RTE’s prime time last night, “The government strongly discourages people from traveling outside of Dublin or the country unless necessary.
“It could be for work reasons. Maybe caring for someone. . . It doesn’t really take a weekend. “
The Department of Health has asked questions on the subject, from Level 2 details to the Kovid-19 project, which says there are “no restrictions” on domestic travel.
Special restrictions in Dublin may be on the agenda when the NPET convenes on Thursday. It is hoped that further tightening of the rules regarding employee reunions and travel outside the country will be discussed.
The NPIT’s recommendation last week included stricter rules on home visits and the closure of “wet” pubs, but since then the situation has worsened.
Given the progress of cases and the high level of community transmission, officials believe the situation in the country is dangerous.
Of the 19 Covid-19 cases, 357 were reported, while 218 were in Dublin. Yesterday, the highest daily level since mid-May was immediately underlined. Three more deaths were reported.
The worst-affected areas in Dublin are now above the “red zone”, with the highest alert in 120 cases per 100,000 population used in health care.
As the government worked to explain the new plan on Tuesday evening, Leinster House and government buildings panicked when news broke that Donnelly was ill and was being tested for Covid-19. As a result, people who contacted him – including cabinet members – were advised to limit their contacts.
Although many ministers were not notified, the ministers immediately dismissed the church as “self-isolated.”
It later became clear that the ministers had been instructed to limit their contacts to less than restrictions. Although Sean Comheir had postponed the deal until next week, Taoist Michael Martin later wrote to Mr. Feargall asking him to recall Dale on Tuesday night.
Opposition TDs sharply criticized the abrupt postponement, with Sinn Fin whip Pedreg McLaughlin describing the events as an “incredible shake-up”.
The Department of Health later confirmed that Mr Donnelly’s test had returned negative.
Earlier, Martin described the government’s Medium Living with Kovid-19 project as “how we live and work with the virus.”
When Martin warned of further restrictions in Dublin, Varadkar said that pubs in other parts of the country would reopen as planned on September 21 and that more than 200 people would be allowed to attend the event at the large, dotdoor stadium, which is likely to accommodate more people. Events in a stadium like Croke Park.
He said the outbreak in Dublin had increased tenfold in the past month and that without preventive measures there would be a “second wave of hospital admissions, ICU admissions and deaths.”