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Irish cabinet restricts movements after minister contracts COVID-19

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Galway

DUBLIN (Reuters) – All members of Ireland’s cabinet are restricting their movements while awaiting COVID-19 tests after an unnamed minister contracted the virus, the government said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ireland has one of the lowest incidence rates of COVID-19 in Europe but cases are now rising at a rate of 10% a day after a sudden surge that health chiefs say represents a third wave of infections.

The cabinet last met early on Tuesday when they decided to shut restaurants, pubs and some shops on Christmas Eve in a sharp tightening of restrictions that ministers said could last for at least two months.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet)

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