'One week lost', 'plans to lift travel rules' as NPHET issues lockdown warning

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The Government are planning on lifting limits on household visits which would allow ‘inter county’ travel according to reports.

These rules would be axed for Christmas week only allowing people to travel home to see family and friends.

But despite this unexpected and still limited freedom, people would be asked to limit their social interactions to just one main gathering during the festive period.

It comes as Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan warned that Ireland had “lost one week” and had just two weeks to make up for lost time if they wanted to exit Level 5.

He pleaded that the country “still had time” to right the wrongs of the last week but that the next fortnight would be crucial.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (Image: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin)

Dr Holohan said: “Obviously we have in a sense lost a week in the six weeks, given the kind of trajectory we were on, we now need to make up that time between now and the end of November.

“The way that we can each individually do that is to really focus on driving down our number of contacts so that’s our overriding message for today.

“We saw very significant progress in the first three weeks of the stay at home measures that have been in place, over the course of the month of November for the most part and that has stalled in the last week.

“If we’re going to get to where we want to be, we’ve got ground that we need to make up by the end of this month.

“We’re not saying that the can’t be done but what we are saying is that really now everybody has to redouble their efforts.”

He continued: “Now is the time for people to get that message, there is still time for us to make up that ground.

“To get us into a position whereby at the end of the month, we can have as much choice as we can have as a country about what might happen after the end of this month.

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“If we’re to get into that position, we have more progress to make.”

Source: Dublin News