May 18, 2021
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NPHET calls for Level 5 lockdown for entire country for six weeks: report

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has called for the entire country to move to a Level 5 lockdown for a period of six weeks, RTÉ is reporting.

The national broadcaster is citing “a number of Government sources” it says has confirmed details of the recommendations.

The broadcaster says the advice iscontained in a letter sent to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly last night.

It is due to be discussed at a meeting between Government officials and Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan this morning.

There are currently no plans for a Cabinet meeting today and the Taoiseach is not due back from an EU Council meeting until later today.

However, ministers expect the issue to be decided in the coming days in order to avoid a period of uncertainty.

More detail to follow.

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