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Yes, our infection rate is half that of Belgium - but restrictions here are a lot tougher

Senan Molony


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'Closing time for pubs and restaurants in worse-affected Belgium is 90 minutes later than in Ireland, even though it has an infection rate of 50.7 cases per 100,000 people over the past fortnight.' Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

'Closing time for pubs and restaurants in worse-affected Belgium is 90 minutes later than in Ireland, even though it has an infection rate of 50.7 cases per 100,000 people over the past fortnight.' Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

'Closing time for pubs and restaurants in worse-affected Belgium is 90 minutes later than in Ireland, even though it has an infection rate of 50.7 cases per 100,000 people over the past fortnight.' Photo: Kirsty O’Connor/PA

Ireland has some of Europe's toughest internal restrictions - despite being in the lower mid-table for incidence of Covid-19 over the past fortnight.

The current rate of infection in Belgium is twice that of Ireland. However, gatherings of 100 people inside and 200 people outside are permitted there, while pubs and restaurants can stay open until 1am.


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