It is day one of Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions in Dublin. 

Gardaí have mounted a visible policing campaign around travel, social distancing and large gatherings in an effort to encourage public compliance. 

Checkpoints have been set up around the county and there will be extra patrols by gardaí on foot and on bicycles. 

In the city centre today, many customers dined outdoors, a requirement of the new public health guidance. 

And while restaurants, cafes and pubs serving food are the businesses hardest hit by Level 3 restrictions, their suppliers will suffer too. 

One seafood wholesaler in the capital has been left with around €35,000 worth of fresh fish and live stock, that had been destined for restaurants this weekend. 

Niall Sabongi, owner of Sustainable Seafood Ireland described the scenario as like a "reoccuring nightmare". 

Niall Sabongi

He said that situation is a repeat of what happened when the original lockdown was introduced and restaurants were closed. 

Mr Sabongi criticised the lack of notice given to the sector, and what he called a "knee jerk reaction". 

He said that he had been getting ready for the weekend as usual, and is now stuck with fresh fish that can't sit on the shelf for the next three weeks. 

"We either get rid of it now or it goes in the bin", he said. 

He is now trying to sell as much of it off as possible, from his warehouse in Clonshaugh and other food markets in the capital this weekend. 

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Today, queues formed around the block at the warehouse, as members of the public came to support the business following a call-out on social media. 

Sustainable seafood Ireland is now also operating online with delivery since the pandemic began back in the spring. 

One Dublin GP has said that there has been a "really noticeable increase" in patients with symptoms and the number of referrals for Covid-19 testing in the last 3 weeks. 

Dr Michelle DeBrun said that a few weeks ago, they would have been referring 2 to 3 people for testing each day. 

Dr DeBrun, who works at Dr Bent's practice in Dundrum, said that they had been seeing younger families and younger people initially, but they are now starting to see an increase in the over 65s category. 

She said this is change is "very concerning". 

Dr DeBrun encouraged people to self-isolate immediately from the onset of symptoms, saying that some people are waiting 3-4 days before contacting their GPs and getting referred for testing.


Click here to view Covid-19 cases by your Local Authority Area (LEA)

The latest Covid 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population by LEA shows:

Blanchardstown/Mulhuddart has 189.8 cases
Tallaght Central 175.9
South West Inner City 163
Balbriggan 150.4
Ballymun/Finglas 140
Tallaght South 138.2
Ongar 128.4
Castleknock 123.6
South East Inner City 118.2
Kimmage/Rathmines 116.4
Ballyfermot/Drimnagh 115
Swords 111

The remaining LEAs have fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 population.


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Yesterday evening's figures from the Department of Health showed there were 253 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported, bringing the total to 32,271 since February. There were also three additional deaths.

There are now 77 people with Covid-19 in hospital in the country. The latest operational data from the Health Service Executive is recorded up until 8pm yesterday.

Of these 77 patients in hospital, 15 of them are being treated in intensive care. A further 99 people suspected of having the virus are also in hospital, with seven of those patients in ICU.