Donegal could come out of Level 5 lockdown quicker than other counties.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said Ireland may exit Level 5 lockdown on a county by county basis.
And the incidence rate in Donegal is dropping fast with many local GPs praising the efforts of the local population.
Minister Stephen Donnelly said the Level 5 lockdown was a “pre-emptive strike” to slow the virus’ spread as coronavirus death rates doubled in the last two weeks.
Speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, he said: “Unfortunately while fatality rates as much lower than last time, which is good, they are moving up, they did double in the last two weeks.”
Level 5 is set to be lifted in six weeks time, on December 1. But Donnelly said the exit from lockdown may be carried out county by county rather than nationwide.
He said how the Government acts on December 1 will depend on the Covid-19 situation then.
He said: “Government will look at it carefully, NPHET will look at it carefully and they’ll look at a range of factors.
“They’ll look at the level of cases, they’ll look at the rate of growth of cases, they’ll look at the positivity rates, they’ll look at the R number.
“And also they’ll look at a county by county and region by region.”
He added: “The exit from this doesn’t have to be the whole country at one time, it could be region by region.”Tags: