Varadkar - short, hard lockdown to knock the virus on the head again' may be needed

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TÁNAISTE LEO VARADKAR has suggested that a “short, hard lockdown to knock the virus on the head again” – or a circuit break – could be considered and implemented by the government in the near future.

Writing in today’s Sunday Independent, the Fine Gael leader warned that any second lockdown would have far-reaching impacts that would all have to be considered before such an option was chosen.

Last Sunday, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) held an emergency meeting amid a rapidly deteriorating situation with Covid-19 and recommended the government move to Level 5. Under Level 5, the circumstances mirror the first lockdown earlier this year in many respects.

The government, however, chose not to progress to Level 5 and opted for Level 3 instead, which in itself brings stricter restrictions than much of the country had been living under. Speaking on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live on Monday evening, Varadkar said he didn’t believe the recommendation from NPHET had been “thought through”.

Yesterday, 1,012 new cases were confirmed in Ireland. The 14-day incidence rate has increased by 39% to 150 per 100,000 in the past week.

 

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I think that they realize there's no real end to this situation.
But there's a very real limit to the resources to deal with it.
How to navigate through without crashing the economy or loosing the acquisence of the people is the real story.
 

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March - May 2020 was a very hard lockdown.
I've film footage of M50 taken at 5.30pm on a Friday evening in late May showing little or no traffic.

We had flattened the curve during this period. Therefore this country has already had to endure a hard lockdown.

It was Vardakars decision to bring forward to reopening of the nation in June 2020
This was a reckless decision by Varadkar.
 

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March - May 2020 was a very hard lockdown.
I've film footage of M50 taken at 5.30pm on a Friday evening in late May showing little or no traffic.

We had flattened the curve during this period. Therefore this country has already had to endure a hard lockdown.

It was Vardakars decision to bring forward to reopening of the nation in June 2020
This was a reckless decision by Varadkar.
We could have reopened if it were done sensibly, instead, we opened the borders and let in anyone on the promise they would follow the rules.
 
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TÁNAISTE LEO VARADKAR has suggested that a “short, hard lockdown to knock the virus on the head again” – or a circuit break – could be considered and implemented by the government in the near future.

Writing in today’s Sunday Independent, the Fine Gael leader warned that any second lockdown would have far-reaching impacts that would all have to be considered before such an option was chosen.

Last Sunday, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) held an emergency meeting amid a rapidly deteriorating situation with Covid-19 and recommended the government move to Level 5. Under Level 5, the circumstances mirror the first lockdown earlier this year in many respects.

The government, however, chose not to progress to Level 5 and opted for Level 3 instead, which in itself brings stricter restrictions than much of the country had been living under. Speaking on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live on Monday evening, Varadkar said he didn’t believe the recommendation from NPHET had been “thought through”.

Yesterday, 1,012 new cases were confirmed in Ireland. The 14-day incidence rate has increased by 39% to 150 per 100,000 in the past week.

What is interesting in the article is that An Taoiseach Micheál Martin is reported as saying there is still enough time for Level 3 to have a positive effect. Varadkar is just trying to cover his backside by riding both horses in the race 'lockdown/no lockdown' after he took gutted Holohan and Nphet in a publicity interview with Byrne on Monday last.

The only justification I can see for Vlad's interview on Monday was that the Government thought that Nphet were getting too big for their boots and needed to be brought down to earth and there was no reason not to do that privately, imo. His action of a public dressing down of Nphet becomes even more cynical if he knew that Minister for Health Donnelly had been in touch over the weekend with Dr Holohan and he relayed the CMO's concern to An Taoiseach. Vlad seems to be an obsessively self-promoting publicity hound.
 

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I think it was a mistake to reopen the country as quickly as Varadkar did - especially so given how much was sacrificed during March-May 2020.

Here we are in October 2020 and the same clown who reopened the country too soon is calling for a hard lockdown. Prancing around the Phoenix Park in his pelt.
 

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March - May 2020 was a very hard lockdown.
I've film footage of M50 taken at 5.30pm on a Friday evening in late May showing little or no traffic.

We had flattened the curve during this period. Therefore this country has already had to endure a hard lockdown.

It was Vardakars decision to bring forward to reopening of the nation in June 2020
This was a reckless decision by Varadkar.
Both Varadaker and Harris are the persons directly responsible for the spread of sars covid 2 in the Republic of Ireland.

A competent govt would have suppressed and maintained the levels at near zero through effective border controls, isolation and quarantines.

Those two men are the individuals who have single handedley wrecked the country
 

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Was his adviser paid to recommend a shamrock on his face mask or did he do it out of patriotism or something else?
Varadker has no idea what patriotism means. To him Ireland is just one brand amongst many in a globalist world. The shamrock is a useful tool to suggest (wrongly) that his allegiances are local and that he is speaking in the interest of the country. He should keep his mouth shut as he is no longer Taoiseach.
 
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