23 Feb, 2021 23:45 am

Ireland to further extend top-level COVID-19 restrictions until early April - Xinhua

23 (Xinhua) -- Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin announced on Tuesday that the current Level-5 or the highest-level COVID-19 restrictions in the country will be further extended until April 5.This is the third time that the current Level-5 restrictions in Ireland have been extended since their implementation from midnight of December 24, 2020.Speaking at a press briefing following the conclusion of a cabinet meeting held here on Tuesday afternoon, Martin also announced that childcare services, primary and secondary schools as well as pre-school classes will be reopened in a phased way starting from March 1.Under the Level-5 restrictions, people are required to not travel more than five km away from their home unless for some essential reasons and all the non-essential retail outlets and most indoor public facilities are shut down.

According to the statement, as of Saturday, a total of 350,322 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Ireland, accounting for about 7 percent of the country's total population.As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in Ireland and some other countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

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