Ireland ranks among the strictest countries in the world for coronavirus lockdown restrictions
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Ireland ranks among the strictest countries in the world for coronavirus lockdown restrictions

IRELAND HAS been ranked among the strictest countries in the world when it comes to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.  

According to data compiled by Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government [via Irish Mirror], Ireland is seventh in the world when it comes to implementing the most stringent restrictions. 

In fact, the study found that the measures imposed by NPHET and the Irish Government are tougher than any seen in the whole of Europe, Asia, Australia, America, Canada and the majority of Africa. 

Only six other nations out of 186 countries assessed in the research had more severe lockdown measures in place. 

Those countries were Eritrea, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Honduras and Argentina. 

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Using data on lockdowns since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers from Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government were able to score countries out of 100 on their responses to the virus. 

Factors like restrictions on movement, social activity, work, travel and education affected the overall score with a 0 representing the least amount of restrictions and 100 the most. 

In the wake of Ireland move to Level Five lockdown, the country boast a score of 81.48, putting it among an elite group of seven countries to score over 80. 

Venezuela came out on top with the strictest level of lockdown measures with leader Nicolás Maduro’s tough measures helping the South American nation to a score of 87.96. 

That put it just ahead of Eritrea, which managed 86.11. 

The top seven ranking was as follows: 

  1. Venezuela 87.96
  2. Eritrea 86.11
  3. Honduras 84.26
  4. Chile 83.8
  5. Argentina 82.87
  6. Peru 82.41
  7. Ireland 81.48
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Ireland could be set for an extended stay in upper echelons of this particular countdown with Level Five restrictions due to stay in place for the next six weeks and some already predicting more lockdowns further down the road.