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Coronavirus Ireland: lockdown will not be lifted until strict medical targets met

Public will be told to stay at home and "finish the job we've started"

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Garda talk with members of the public as they conduct checks on pedestrians and motorists in Dublin city centre. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP) (Photo by PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)

Garda talk with members of the public as they conduct checks on pedestrians and motorists in Dublin city centre. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP) (Photo by PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)

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Garda stop and check vechicles at the border crossing at Carrkcarnon, County Louth, under new powers to curb non-essential travel during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP) (Photo by PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)

Garda stop and check vechicles at the border crossing at Carrkcarnon, County Louth, under new powers to curb non-essential travel during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP) (Photo by PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)

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08/04/2020 People sitting out in Dun Laoghaire  Dublin and maintaining a social distance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pic Collins Photos.

08/04/2020 People sitting out in Dun Laoghaire Dublin and maintaining a social distance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pic Collins Photos.

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Garda talk with members of the public as they conduct checks on pedestrians and motorists in Dublin city centre. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP) (Photo by PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)

The national lockdown will not be lifted until a series of strict medical targets are reached including a major suppression of the virus.

The significant shift in policy comes as the Government prepares to extend the nationwide quarantine until at least the end of the month.

The public will this afternoon be told to stay at home and "finish the job we've started" as the health service fights to contain the virus.