The threats of lockdowns are now not just coming from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, but also from Micheal Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan.
Local lockdowns cannot be ruled out going forward, according to Government.
The comments make specific reference to border counties, where coronavirus transmission rates remain stubbornly high.
Lockdown conditions are planned to be eased over the next few weeks, but a return to stricter measures might happen again in the not-too-distant future across Ireland.
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