Ireland's Covid restrictions among most stringent in Europe study finds

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Muireann Duffy
Ireland has among the most stringent Covid-19 measures in Europe according to research conducted by the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford University.

The research examining Government response to the virus based on 17 indicators, including school closures and travel restrictions, gave the Republic a rating 63.43 out of 100, marginally less that that of the UK at 63.89.

Higher scores indicate stricter measures, with 100 being the maximum.

The country with the lowest score in Europe is Belarus, with a score of 11.11, followed by Lithuania with 19.44.

Eight of the policy indicators record information on containment and closure policies, such as school closures and restrictions in movement, four indicators record economic policies, such as income support for citizens or provision of foreign aid, while the remaining five indicators record health system policies, such as the testing regime or emergency healthcare investments.

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This graph is updated daily. Information referred to in this article relates to September 27th.

The research shows Argentina as having the most stringent measures, with a score of 91.67.

Spain, the worst affected country in Europe according to Sunday's data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), with a 14-day incidence rate of 319.9, had a score of 55.09, while France with and incidence rate of 229.1, recorded a score of 46.76 on the same day.

According to the ECDC, Belarus' incidence rate on September 27th was 35.1, while Lithuania is similarly low at 35.8.

The national rates recorded by the ECDC for Ireland and the UK on the same date may indicate the need for the stricter measures, with rates per 100,000 of 78.1 and 96.2 respectively.

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