Covid-19: Doctor says Dublin should be at Level 4 as NPHET holds crunch meeting

Dublin should be at Level 4 of the Government’s Living with Covid-19 strategy, Dublin GP Ray Walley has said.

The Glasnevin based doctor said he was particularly concerned that under Level 3 up to 25 people could gather at a function such as a wedding.

Public health experts are expected to recommend new restrictions for Dublin on Thursday to limit the spread of coronavirus, as fears grow that infections are heading out of control.

On Wednesday night, public health experts expressed a high degree of alarm at the current rate of infection, with one saying he was “more concerned than at any point in time since late April”.

Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne show, Dr Walley warned that the age profile is increasing (among Covid patients) and this will have an impact “downstream”.

The Nation Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) will meet on Thursday. If it finds that infections in Dublin have not stabilised and further action is required, preparations will be made for an incorporeal Cabinet meeting on Friday to give effect to its findings.

Tighter restrictions

That could mean that Dublin would be subject to tighter restrictions than the rest of the country. They include a ban on social or family gatherings indoors or outdoors, additional restrictions on indoor dining, as well as people being told not to travel outside the county. No matches or events will be allowed and no spectators allowed at any games that do take place.