Omicron Mutation: Ireland closes bars and restaurants at 8pm

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The Irish government gave today order bars and restaurants to close at 8:00 pm and reduce the number of participants in all public events, in an effort to limit its spread Omicron mutation.

The Prime Minister of Ireland Michael Martin He said the measures, which will start on Sunday and last for six weeks, are necessary because Omicron is likely to carry a level of infection “much higher than anything we have seen so far”.

Martin emphasized that the mutation spreads “aggressively” to all age groups. «The need to slow the spread of Omicron and get more people to take the booster dose is clear.“, write down. «There has to be a very large and immediate reduction in human contact in order to prevent Omicron from overwhelming us.“, Stressed Martin, in a televised speech.

The Covid-19 cases in Ireland have decreased in recent days, but the government has said that expects an increase in infections as the Omicron mutation spreads. Omicron accounted for 35% of cases in Ireland today, up from 14% on Tuesday, according to health officials. 90% of adults in Ireland have been vaccinated and about one third of them have also received a booster dose.

The measures, announced today, are imposed despite opposition from the hospital industry and a number of MPs to the ruling coalition parties, who say the move will encourage less safe gatherings at home.

Under the new rules, participation in indoor events will be limited to 50% of the room capacity or to 1,000 people, whatever is lower. More than 5,000 people will not be able to attend the outdoor events. All visitors to the country will be required to submit either an antigen test or a PCR test, depending on whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Source: ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ

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