Ireland to put nation under ‘Europe’s strictest’ quarantine for six weeks amid record daily Covid-19 infections

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Wales to be plunged into 2-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown from October 23

Ireland is no stranger to harsh measure when it comes to combating the epidemic. Back in spring, it also imposed one of the longest lockdowns in Europe and eased the restrictions at such a low pace that some hospitality venues have barely managed to reopen by the time the rising infection numbers forced the authorities to bring the curbs back.

To help its economy survive the epidemic, Dublin poured additional funds into coronavirus-related jobless payments and wage subsidies. A new budget approved last week involves one of the biggest financial aid packages in the nation’s history, including payments of up to € 5,000 ($5,884.50) per week for affected businesses. Still, the number of people seeking jobless payments has increased by 20 percent over just two weeks and reached 244,153.

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