Ireland has one of the strictest lockdowns on the planet, shock new data has revealed.
We are one of a group of just seven countries facing the most stringent restrictions in the world, according to a respected university tracker.
NPHET and the Government have imposed measures that are tougher than any in the whole of Europe, Asia, Australia, America, Canada and most of Africa, the research shows.
Ireland comes seventh out of 186 nations measured for lockdown severity.
The only other counties with similar limits on citizens are Eritrea, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Honduras and Argentina.
The data is compiled by Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government in the UK.
It has gathered information on lockdowns since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Counties are given an index from 0 (the least restrictions) to 100 based on a range of clampdowns on movement, public gatherings, social activity, work, travel and education.
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Ireland was updated to a rate of 81.48 on Thursday, hours after Level Five measures kicked in.
It makes us one of only seven countries in the world with a rating over 80 as the globe battles the second wave of Covid-19.
Others include nations with strongmen leaders like Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and authoritarian regimes like Eritrea.
The seven strictest seven lockdowns on the planet according to the tracker are:
- Venezuela 87.96
- Eritrea 86.11
3 Honduras 84.26
- Chile 83.8
- Argentina 82.87
- Peru 82.41
- Ireland 81.48
The Level Five measures are set to last for six weeks here.
Statistics released over the weekend raised hopes that earlier Level Three restrictions were starting to impact on transmission rates.
Figures from the Central Statistics Office showed that the number of contacts people who tested positive had were already falling from an average of 10 to around six.
In the 15 to 24 age group the close contacts dropped from 10 in August to just five in early October under Level Three.
The head of the HSE, Paul Reid, also revealed that the positivity rate for testing had fallen from 8% to 5.8%
And Friday’s case numbers were the lowest in nine days at 777, despite seven more tragic deaths from Covid.
BY NEIL LESLIE
19:23, 24 OCT 2020