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Ireland goes into “semi-lockdown” despite 93% vaccination rate as COVID-19 cases spike - New Zealand take note

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  • Ireland goes into “semi-lockdown” despite 93% vaccination rate as COVID-19 cases spike - New Zealand take note

    Ireland may be one of the most vaccinated countries in Europe against COVID-19, but that hasn’t been enough to stop the spread of the virus there, and now the population is facing new curfews and other restrictions.

    Prime Minister Micheal Martin said the rise in infections being seen there is a “cause of deep concern” and announced the country will institute several new “semi-lockdown” measures to stop people from socialising and spreading the disease. One part of the new approach is a nationwide midnight curfew on restaurants, clubs and bars.

    The move could be devastating to the already-shaky dining and entertainment industry. The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, which represents around 4,000 Irish pub owners, said it will effectively close their establishments, stating: “The news that restricted trading hours are set to be reintroduced is a hugely disappointing development for the many late-night pubs and night clubs many of whom will now be forced to shut just three weeks after reopening.”

    There will also be new work from home guidelines that encourage people who are able to work from home to do so. In addition, Covid passports will now be required to enter theatres and cinemas.

    The government has also instructed fully vaccinated household close contacts of people with the virus to stay at home for five days and get tested.

    In Ireland, 93% of the population is vaccinated, so these extreme measures and the case spikes that prompted them should raise a lot of questions among those who have put so much faith in these vaccines.

    Ireland’s high vaccination rate has done little to stop cases from rising 275% in the past month, yet somehow they have come to the conclusion that more vaccines are needed, as Martin has instructed health authorities to look into reducing the five-month gap between a person’s initial round of vaccines and booster shots.

    The PM told his party on Wednesday that he cannot guarantee there won’t be another full lockdown in the coming weeks. He said: “We are in a challenging period, and the coming weeks will be uncertain, with no guarantees.”

    Meanwhile, Irish Parliament Member Willie O’Dea has threatened more severe lockdowns if people continue to gather in large groups without masks. The former minister expressed dismay at seeing people gathered in long lines outside clubs in Limerick just 24 hours after the government asked people to limit their social contacts.

    “The function of the original lockdown was to stop people congregating and behaving irresponsibly, and the Government policy now is to depend on people to do that voluntarily. Of course if they don’t do that voluntarily, it could inevitably lead to another lockdown, which nobody wants.”

    Cases are still climbing in countries with high vaccination rates

    Ireland isn’t the only country with a high vaccination rate to experience a recent surge in cases. Perhaps the best example is Israel, which was an early world leader in getting its population vaccinated. In a recent wave of new cases in the country, 71% of Israelis who were seriously ill with the virus had been fully vaccinated.

    In Singapore, where almost 80% of the population has been vaccinated, infections spiked from a two-digit case count in June to a four-digit case count in September. This prompted the country to move away from its zero-Covid strategy to one of living with the disease as their prime minister announced that they must accept there is still a risk of getting infected after the vaccine and that closing down the country is bad for the economy.

    [This is also bad news for New Zealand with the same bad policies in place.]

    It’s becoming more clear each day that vaccinating everyone isn’t the solution to the problem the world is facing right now, and it makes absolutely no sense that so many countries seem to think bullying people into getting even more vaccines and boosters is somehow going to make things better.

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