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Ireland Reconfined, Dublin looks like a ghost town

17:22  22 october  2020
17:22  22 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The Irish capital Dublin looks like ghost town Thursday, on the first day of a reconfinement of the country, a first in Europe in the face of the second wave of the new coronavirus.

A la veille du reconfinement de l'Irlande, le 21 octobre 2020 à Dublin © Paul Faith On the eve of the reconfinement of Ireland, October 21, 2020 in Dublin

"It's a bit strange and poignant", confides to AFP the Dubliner Sunniva O'Flynn, 57, in a almost deserted street during what would have been rush hour. "There is this kind of cloud of sadness again, this feeling that the city is abandoned."

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IMAGESImages dans le centre de Dublin, alors que l'Irlande se reconfine face à la résurgence du coronavirus. L'Irlande est devenue mercredi le premier pays d'Europe à reconfiner toute sa population avec de nouvelles mesures entrées en vigueur dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, à 23H00 GMT. © Joe STENSON IMAGESImages in central Dublin, as Ireland is reconfigured in the face of the resurgence of the coronavirus. Ireland on Wednesday became the first country in Europe to reconfine its entire population with new measures that went into effect on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, at 11 p.m. GMT.

Non-essential businesses have closed for six weeks and Irish people are under house arrest, with a few exceptions, such as exercising within a five kilometer radius of their home or doing a job deemed essential.

Bars and restaurants can only serve take-out food, but schools have remained open, the main difference with the long spring lockdown.

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At Grafton Street, one of Dublin's main shopping streets, there is no sign of the usual hustle and bustle on Thursday.

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Only a few masked travelers took their seats in the usually crowded trams, and public transport was reduced to 25% of its capacity.

"I have a lot of trouble with this confinement", explains banker Jo Finn, who lives alone and fears long weeks of isolation. "I just want a return to normal: I miss my friends, like my family and my normal life."

The pandemic has killed at least 1,868 people in Ireland for a population of less than five million. Official figures also note a strong resurgence of contaminations, with 1,167 new positive cases on Wednesday. After peaking at 77 deaths per day in April, the number of daily deaths often remains below ten today.

"The virus is now at a point where it is spreading in a lot of different ways," the Minister of Health, Stephen Donnelly, warned on public radio and television RTE.

However, wanting to be encouraging, he stressed that the country had already overcome the same ordeal a few months ago. "It worked, we flattened the curve (...) and today is the first day we will flatten the curve a second time."

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