RTE: "In a very dangerous place", Ireland debates higher restrictions on COVID debate

The Cabinet is to set to reject the National Public Health Emergency Team's recommendation to place the entire country under Level 5 restrictions. Instead, it is believed every county will be moved to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions with improved enforcement. If approved by Cabinet, this will mark the first time the Government has rejected significant public health advice from NPHET and chartered its own course.

Very senior Government source says we are "in a very dangerous place" as decision is being represented as "politicians versus doctors" when it "never ever should have been allowed to get to this point of showdown."