Ireland using earthquake measuring technology to keep tabs on public movements during lockdown
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Ireland using earthquake measuring technology to keep tabs on public movements during lockdown

THE IRISH authorities are keeping close tabs on the public movements during lockdown thanks to state-of-the-art earthquake measuring technology. 

Data compiled from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies’ National Seismic Network is being used to provide insight into the amount of footfall and traffic being recorded across Ireland. 

The figures compiled so far are a cause of concern for Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. 

Speaking at a government briefing last week, Dr Holohan highlighted data indicating an increase in car traffic noise and general reverberation across the country. 

This suggests a rise in the number of people out and about despite the current lockdown measures. 

It is data that feeds into the increasing concern that some are started to get laxed when it comes to the measures introduced to halt the spread of coronavirus. 

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Leo Varadkar has already warned that any failure to stick to the rules is likely to result in an extension to the lockdown measures. 

The Taoiseach is set to announce whether the restrictions will be partially lifted ahead of a May 5 deadline. 

In the meantime, the authorities are continuing to monitor movements with Dr Holohan previously gleaning information on the number of people walking, driving or using public transport via Apple smartphones and other android devices. 

Any notable increase in numbers is likely to result in an extended period of strict restrictions. 

Ireland has reported 794 deaths from coronavirus to date.