The National Public Health Emergency now wants the country to move directly to a Level 5 lockdown.
NPHET say a move to a six week lockdown is the only way to curb the spread of the virus.
It comes as cases of Covid continue to rise in Donegal and all other parts of the country.
Health officials predict the high number of Covid-19 cases will cause hospitals to reach capacity soon.
A letter signed by Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly reveals the trajectory of the bug has accelerated since they met last week.
Professor Philip Nolan revealed there could be 2,500 cases of Covid-19 daily and 400 in hospital with the disease by Halloween if current trends continue.
Chair of NPHET Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group Professor Philip Nolan warned: “If current trends continue, by October 31st, the number of cases notified daily would be in the range of 1,800 – 2,500 cases with over 400 people in hospital.”
He also revealed that while the epidemic is not growing as fast in Dublin as the rest of the country, it is still rising.
Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan went to Level 4 at midnight last night with the rest of the country going to Level 3.
Professor Nolan added: “Over the last week to ten days, we’ve seen little evidence of any improvement in the trajectory of the disease and in fact would raise a concern at this point that the epidemic has accelerated further.
“The disease is moving so fast at the moment that today’s seven-day moving average is 909, compared with yesterday’s 809.
“If you look back two or four weeks, you’ll see that there’s been roughly a four fold increase over that period of time.”
The professor also said hospitalisation numbers have quadrupled over four weeks and that NPHET “anticipate a further increase in numbers in intensive care over the coming weeks”.Tags: