Irish health chiefs recommend return to full lockdown – sources

first_imgPrime Minister Micheal Martin and the leaders of his two coalition partners will meet the country’s chief medical officer on Monday ahead of a cabinet meeting to discuss the recommendations.Under level 5, people are asked to stay at home, except to exercise within 5 kilometers, with only essential retailers allowed to stay open. Unlike the first lockdown, schools and crèches would not have to close.A spokesperson for the health department was not immediately available for comment on the advice.Like most of Europe, Ireland has seen a steady increase in infections since the end of July after emerging slowly from one of Europe’s most severe shutdowns. It reported the highest number of daily cases since late April on Saturday. However Ireland’s 14-day cumulative case total of 104.6 per 100,000 people represents only the 14th-highest infection rate out of 31 European countries monitored by the European Center for Disease Control.Europe’s worst infection hotspot Spain has an infection rate three-times higher than Ireland and while it severely tightened confinement measures in hard-hit Madrid on Friday, restaurants, gyms and shops can still open at limited capacity.Ireland has a relatively low hospital bed capacity compared to other European countries. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen steadily to 132, but peaked at 881 in April during the first lockdown.Ireland’s main business lobby, Ibec, reacted with dismay, calling for the evidence underpinning the advice to be published.”It is intolerable that after six months we are still receiving both vague and changing criteria to advance such serious restrictions,” Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said in a statement.Topics : Ireland’s health chiefs recommended to the government on Sunday that the country enter a second nationwide lockdown for four weeks in a surprise move that cabinet will discuss on Monday, two government sources said.Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team recommended a leap to the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions, Level 5, from current Level 2 controls in 24 of Ireland’s 26 counties and stricter Level 3 measures in Dublin and Donegal.The government has almost entirely adopted their health chiefs’ advice throughout the pandemic, but one of the sources said a return to lockdown would have a serious economic and societal impact.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Returns Home To Host Fresno State In MWC/MVC Challenge

first_img Fresno State Game Notes Live Stats Drake Game Notes Live Audio Buy Tickets center_img Live Video Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa — Following a tough loss on the road against DePaul, the Drake men’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center to welcome Fresno State as part of the Missouri Valley Conference/ Mountain West Conference Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the contest will broadcast on Mediacom MC22/The Valley On ESPN3 as well as radio coverage provided by ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.Drake (1-6) takes to the Knapp Center court for the third time this season after Wednesday night’s 77-75 loss at DePaul where it led for all but the final 40 seconds of the second-half. A three-point play at the end of the second half allowed DePaul to push past Drake. The game marked a long November for the Bulldogs in which it played five games away from the Knapp Center. However, the team will have the luxury of remaining in Des Moines for its entire December schedule, starting with Saturday’s game.Fresno State (4-2) currently ranks eighth in the nation in steals per game (10.0 spg) and comes into this contest with a two-game winning streak. Fresno State is coming off an MWC Tournament Championship in 2015-16 that sent the team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. The team was picked to finish fourth in the MWC this season. Saturday’s will be the third time the two teams have met. Drake has won the last two meetings, 84-74, on Nov. 29, 2013 in Fresno and 70-54 during the 1949-50 season in Des Moines. The win in 2013 was the first of three wins in Fresno, Calif., to win the Fresno State Classic during Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti’s first season with the Bulldogs.Drake’s Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) leads the team back to Des Moines after registering a career-high 17 points against DePaul and has shot 9-of-20 in his last two games. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) continues to be Drake’s top scorer, averaging 16.3 points per game and led the team with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting against DePaul. Timmer currently is 11 points away from registering 1,000 career points and becoming the 24th Bulldog all-time to do so.Meanwhile, Jaron Hopkins who averages 14.8 points per game while Paul Watson contributes 13.7 points per contest to lead Fresno State.Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs will host Jackson State on Dec. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more