Saturday, 27 February, 2021


Taoiseach confirms extension of Lockdown

Taoiseach confirms level five Taoiseach confirms level five lockdown will be extended until March 5th
Patty Aguilar | 30 January, 2021, 15:01

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has confirmed that current Level 5 restrictions will be extended until March 5.

The enforced two-week confinement will also apply to anyone travelling from South Africa and Brazil regardless of whether they have a negative test or not.

"The hospital personnel, we need to relieve the pressure on them and the system will need time and space from the current, very strong pressure on them".

Speaking on his way into today's Cabinet meeting, the Taoiseach says the restrictions are essential to reduce the covid numbers.

Mr Harris also said the new rules did not go far enough and called for more clarity on how the proposed quarantine regulations would work in practice.

Passengers will have to quarantine at state-chosen hotels - but will be able to leave if they get a negative PCR test after 5 days.

While Nphet has previously welcomed the move to introduce a pre-arrival testing requirement in the Republic, it cautioned that "further measures should be adopted" and called for "discretion as it now applies" to be removed.

Sources at the meeting said the quarantine proposals presented to the gathering needed a lot more work, which Health Minister Stephen Donnelly committed to undertake in cooperation with other departments.

To do that we "obviously have to reduce transmission in the community" and we are making headway there the public are adhering strongly to the guidelines, he said.

Mr Martin was responding to criticism from the leader of the Opposition, Mary Lou McDonald.

"It will be a prolonged suppression of the virus".

"What we got is a Government that is clearly at sixes and sevens, with no idea of how to proceed beyond March 5", The Dublin Central TD said.

The minister made a submission to the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19 over the weekend seeking to have the ban lifted.

Ireland will extend its third coronavirus lockdown until March 5 and enact mandatory travel quarantines for the first time, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Tuesday.

Similarly, tougher sanctions to clamp down on persons leaving their 5km radius were discussed to limit the movements of the public.

Regulations for some of the new rules will be signed this week but new legislation will have to be drafted for other elements of the Government's travel restrictions.

Within Ireland, people are being reminded that they can not travel more than 5km from their home unless it is an essential journey.

Martin said that those caught travelling to the airport or port for non-essential reasons will receive a fixed fine of €500.

Recommended

loading...
...

Botticelli masterpiece sells for a record US$92 mil Botticelli masterpiece sells for a record US$92 mil Sotheby's exhibited "Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel " in London, Dubai, Los Angeles and NY ahead of Thursday's sale. Art scholars were unaware of the painting's existence until it first appeared on the market in the early 20th Century.

Sullivan: Priority is Dealing with Iran's Growing Fissile Material Stockpile Sullivan: Priority is Dealing with Iran's Growing Fissile Material Stockpile Malley "brings to the position a track record of success negotiating constraints on Iran's nuclear program", the State Department official said.

Budget FY22 will be continuation of last year’s economic packages : PM Modi Budget FY22 will be continuation of last year’s economic packages : PM Modi Mr Modi said people in the banking sector know how countries worldwide are trying to replicate the UPI system developed by India. India is also supplying the vaccine to a few nations on a commercial basis that includes Canada.

Big tech companies lead US stock indices down Big tech companies lead US  stock indices down More than 100 S&P 500 companies are expected to tell investors this week how they performed over the last three months of 2020. The S&P index recorded nine new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 74 new highs and eight new lows.

Toyota overtakes VW to become no.1 carmaker in 2020 Toyota overtakes VW to become no.1 carmaker in 2020 Toyota said that the ratio of electric vehicle it sold past year grew to 23 per cent of total sales from 20 per cent in 2019. The firm's analyst Yoshiaki Kawano said Toyota will continue to enjoy strong sales in its core markets of the USA and Japan.

Australian man fights off crocodile to survive attack Australian man fights off crocodile to survive attack Wildlife officers are pulling out all the stops to catch a 2.5m crocodile which attacked a swimmer at Cairns' Lake Placid . But the 44-year-old man who was attacked will most likely be back in the lake soon, according to paramedic Sweeney.

GameStop soars, and Wall Street bends under the pressure GameStop soars, and Wall Street bends under the pressure New apps like Trading212, Revolut, and Robinhood offer rapid trades to anyone who is interested, often for next to no commission. Some users complained on Twitter that Robinhood had notified them that it was selling their shares, without their consent.

Selena Gomez scans YouTube with the "Baila Conmigo" Selena Gomez scans YouTube with the The video was first released on Gomez's official Twitter account on Friday morning before getting four million views in its first 14 hours on YouTube.

Ontario announces plan to contain COVID-19 variants As they await the result, they will be required to wait in quarantine for three days at a supervised hotel. That's why today, our government is taking swift and decisive action.

Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show The Proud Boys , founded in 2016, began as a group protesting political correctness and perceived constraints on masculinity. He reportedly assisted in multiple state and federal investigations as a "prolific" cooperator.

SC sees first USA cases of South Africa coronavirus variant SC  sees first USA  cases of South Africa coronavirus variant Essentially, the antibody response induced by the shot should still be powerful enough to help people ward off Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the variant, known as B 1.351, has been found in SC .

Gold falls as safe-haven appeal shifts to United States dollar Gold falls as safe-haven appeal shifts to United States  dollar USA jobless claims fell in the latest week, while fourth-quarter gross domestic product figures met expectations. Spot gold was down 0.1% to $1,849.16 per ounce while United States gold futures eased 0.2% to $1,847.50.

Africa CDC emphasizes crucial need to intensify COVID-19 testing, tracing Africa CDC emphasizes crucial need to intensify COVID-19 testing, tracing It was the second consecutive week that new case numbers declined, after peaking in the first week of January. Nonetheless, the Americas and Europe accounted for a full 86 percent of all new cases recorded last week.

Google allows Play Store gambling app downloads in 15 new markets Google allows Play Store gambling app downloads in 15 new markets The repository also contains "India-specific details on programs that local developers can leverage to find success and scale". These may include elements like a spin-the-wheel experience, a guessing game, or other games.

Canada to require three-day quarantine for returning travelers, suspends flights south Canada to require three-day quarantine for returning travelers, suspends flights south The federal government has announced new travel measures that are meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. Trudeau has urged Canadians for weeks not to take any non-essential trips outside the country.