Ahead of a government announcement on rona restrictions….
The plan breaks down the threat of Covid-19 on society into five parts from now until late spring.
Level one would involve the least amount of restrictions but level five would be akin to the shutdown of last March. Level three would be broadly similar to the restrictions imposed on Kildare, Laois and Offaly in August.
…The Minister for Health has said that the new measures in the Government’s Covid-19 plan will come into effect from midnight.
Stephen Donnelly said that the virus is growing fast and we need to react accordingly.
“This is a difficult balancing act, I have to say that the people who were involved in that protest do not represent a majority review, in fact they represent a very, very small minority view.
“It is very unwelcome that people are foolhardy enough to think that they can ignore all of the public health advice, all of the doctors that are repeating the message over and over again, of our national public health team at Nphet, and the Minister for Health and the Government messages, they’re ignoring all of that because they see conspiracies in everything, and they just demand the freedom to walk around without restrictions — that is a tiny minority view.”
“I am not happy, most of the people who saw that demonstration on television would have been angered by it, that’s why I’m saying that the Government needs to try to get the balance right between the right to protest and be heard and the law and the regulations and guidelines that we have to protect the public”
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence Simon Coveney
This is not a referendum. RTE doesn’t require to give equal weight here. Disappointing to see this approach from national broadcaster after a weekend where @thejournal_ie staff were targeted by anti-mask (and the rest) protestors. https://t.co/MZ1UXFWgYn
Victoria police is facing criticism for its arrest of a 28-year-old pregnant woman in her Ballarat home on Wednesday over a Facebook post, with the Victorian Bar labelling it “disproportionate”.
The criticism comes after the assistant police commissioner, Luke Cornelius, defended the arrest, saying officers acted “reasonably”.
Cornelius admitted that the arrest of a pregnant woman made for “terrible optics”, but defended the heavy-handed approach, warning that hundreds of officers would be deployed to make arrests on the weekend.
From top: Covid-19 Isolation and Step Down Facility in the Conference Centre at Citywest Hotel Dublin on March 29; Former Attorney General and ex-Minister for Justice Michael McDowell
Via Michael McDowell in The Irish Times:
We haven’t really heard as to whether the HSE has increased the availability of intensive care capacity and secured additional supplies of ventilators and personal protective equipment.
Have they trained additional personnel in the meantime?
Is the emergency facility in Citywest still on stand-by?
Are the once-sequestered private hospitals still available on a contingency basis?
In other words, have we radically improved our hospital services so as to counter any second wave of Covid-19 or are our hospitals more or less still in the same position as they were in mid-March?
If not, why not?
Do the recent upticks in community transmissions really represent an existential threat to the HSE’s capacity to deal with the virus?
The fatality rate, the hospitalisation rate and the rate of admission of Covid-19 patients into intensive care do not, as of now, appear to be in crisis.
The pandemic cannot be blithely dismissed as a problem of the “capitalist system” or as a good opportunity to create a utopian different society – it is an economic crisis which challenges the poor, the middle class and the wealthy alike. But people are economically vulnerable as well as being vulnerable to infection.
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