IRELAND has been warned that it has two weeks to stop a second nationwide lockdown as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
The overall growth rate across the country is now at a similar rate to Dublin's, according to the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).
It's estimated that the country is just a fortnight away from imposing similar restrictions to the ones in Co. Dublin currently, unless the viral spread is curbed significantly.
"The incidence in Dublin remains at three to four times than the rest of the country," said NPHET's Professor Phillip Nolan.
"But it's growing at approximately the same rate right across the rest of the country. The rest of the country may be a week or two weeks behind where Dublin is and will catch up unless behaviours across the entire country change.
NPHET are set to meet on Thursday to make recommendations on what the Government should do next.
Meanwhile, Germany has officially declared Dublin a Covid-19 risk area.
The German Government identifies any location presenting with an infection rate exceeding 50 per 100,000 of population over the last seven days as a Covid-19 risk area.