Chief Medical Officer Disappointed at Restrictions Lapse

Agri tourism: A Garda checkpoint at Dooneen outside Castleisland on the Limerick Road entrance to the N21 bypass this evening. ©Photograph: John Reidy 25-4-2020
From a distance: A Garda chatting to a motorist at a checkpoint at Dooneen outside Castleisland on the Limerick Road entrance to the N21 bypass this evening. ©Photograph: John Reidy 25-4-2020

Liz Canavan, a spokesperson at the Department of An Taoiseach, has issued a reminder to members of the public to stay within their restricted areas and that the twin plan of isolation and social distancing is the only way help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

As the levels of people being diagnosed with the virus and the numbers of deaths rise daily, inexplicably, so also has the levels of traffic with feet on the streets and cars on the roads over recent days.

It’s not anywhere near pre-lockdown volumes but it’s a lot busier and increasing more noticeable daily than the silence and quiet of last week’s traffic.

Increased Garda Presence

There is an increased Garda presence on the roads over this weekend as a result of the increase of traffic and as shops re-open people are getting bolder and maybe careless in terms of going out and about and social distancing rules are beginning to wear off also.

“We cannot be content that what we have done so far is enough. The virus has not changed. We have,” said Ms. Canavan.

Highly Infectious and Challenging

“We cannot assume that if we relax that the virus will behave any differently than it has up to now. It is highly infectious and we know most challenging for our older people and those with underlying conditions. The more we move, the more risk we create,” she said.

Getting More Adventurous

The virus is as dangerous as it was in March and in the early days of the lock-down and we can expect more announcements on restrictions over the next few days.

It is clear that some of us are getting more adventurous and behaving as if it’s all over.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tony Holohan also expressed disappointment at evidence produced that clearly showed how people are ignoring the ‘stay at home’ warnings in alarming numbers.

30 To 40 Deaths Announced Daily

And only today, Minister for Health Simon Harris said there were still too many people in Intensive Care Units and too many people seriously sick.

“Several hundred new cases and 30 or 40 deaths are being announced daily,” he said.

He also said that the alternative to the current restrictions was worse, and there would be no ‘big bang’ of lifting restrictions for now.

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