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Ireland To Impose Six Week National Lockdown, Estimates 150,000 Job Losses : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPR

Ireland To Impose Six Week National Lockdown, Estimates 150,000 Job Losses : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPRIreland To Impose Six Week National Lockdown, Estimates 150,000 Job Losses : Coronavirus Live Updates : NPRIreland To Impose 6-Week National Lockdown, Estimates 150,000 Job Losses Facebook October 20, 2020 2:32 PM ET Reese Oxner Enlarge this image Shoppers buy face masks on O’Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday. Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Niall Carson/AP hide caption toggle caption Niall Carson/AP Shoppers buy face masks on O’Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday. Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Niall Carson/AP Ireland will be the first European country to return to a nationwide shutdown as COVID-19 cases rise, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Monday. Nonessential retail businesses are ordered to close. Residents are expected to stay within about 3 miles of their homes, except for work and other essential activities. The country is entering its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks, beginning Thursday. The country expects 150,000 people to lose their jobs over the next “couple of days,” Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said. “We’re making a preemptive strike against the virus, acting before it’s too …