Ireland To Impose 6-Week National Lockdown, Estimates 150,000 Job Losses

Ireland will become the first evert European nation to impose a countrywide shutdown again as the number of coronavirus cases rise, said PM Micheal Martin on Monday.

The non-essential retail business stores have been ordered to shut down. The residents have been urged to remain within five kilometers of their respective houses, expect for any work related or other important activities.

The nation presently is launching its highest coronavirus related restrictions for 6 weeks, starting Thursday. Ireland expects about 150,000 individuals will be losing their jobs in the next few days, said Leo Varadkar, Deputy Prime Minister.

In a press conference on Monday, Varadkar said that the authorities are making one pre-emptive hit against the coronavirus. Their objective will be to flatten the increasing curve again for getting it in control, he added.

The government has told the residents to remain indoors as well as exercise within 5 kilometers of their houses. The police will be using the road checkpoints for deterring longer or non-essential journeys.

Varadkar further said that there would be one penalty if someone travels beyond the authorized distance; however he continued that the details are yet to be finalized. There would be exemptions related to essential and work purposes.

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