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He warned the new strain of COVID-19 is “spreading at a rate that has surpassed the most pessimistic models available to us”.
Addressing the nation, the Taoiseach said: “The numbers will deteriorate further over the coming days.
“With the presence of the new strain and the pace of growth, this is not a time for nuance in our response. We must apply the brakes to movement and physical interaction across the country.”
Mr Martin continued: “We must return to full-scale Level 5 restrictions for a period of at least one month.”
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