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The new phases of lockdown

Brendan O'Connor


 

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An empty Grafton Street in Dublin in April. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

An empty Grafton Street in Dublin in April. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

An empty Grafton Street in Dublin in April. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Welcome to Ireland, the safest little country in the world in which not to catch coronavirus. You may have lost your job and your sanity and your future, but the chances of you getting the virus in the community are now virtually zero.

Some people have questioned why, with an R0 number lower than most, loads of empty hospitals and a testing and tracing set-up that is the envy of our neighbours, we wouldn't think of opening up the country a bit faster. But that would ruin our USP, which is that you have very little chance of catching coronavirus here.

We could use this to attract tourists, except they might be put off by the fact that they would be more or less arrested when they arrive in the country.