Ireland has one of the strictest coronavirus lockdowns in the world,...

Ireland has one of the strictest lockdowns on the planet, new data has revealed.

According to a well-respected university tracker, we are among a group of just seven countries facing the toughest restrictions in the world.

NPHET and the government have taken measures tougher than any other in Europe, Asia, Australia, America, Canada and most of Africa.

Ireland ranks seventh out of 186 nations based on the severity of the lockdown.

The only other counties with similar restrictions on citizens are Eritrea, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Honduras, and Argentina.

The data is compiled by the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University in the UK.

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Bans information has been collected since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Districts are indexed from 0 (least restrictive) to 100 based on a range of restrictions on exercise, public gatherings, social activities, work, travel, and education.

Ireland was updated to 81.48 on Thursday, hours after level 5 operations began.

It makes us one of only seven countries in the world with a rating of over 80 as the globe battles the second wave of Covid-19.

Others are nations with strong leaders like Nicolás Maduro from Venezuela and authoritarian regimes like Eritrea.

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the transmission of the novel coronavirus leaves a building with a mural on the outside in Dublin on October 21, 2020 as Ireland prepares to institute a second national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus , which causes the disease Covid-19
(Image: PAUL FAITH / AFP via Getty Images)

The seven strictest seven bans on the planet, according to Tracker are:

1. Venezuela 87,96

2. Eritrea 86.11

3. Honduras 84,26

4. Chile 83.8

5. Argentina 82.87

6. Peru 82,41

7. Ireland 81.48

Covid Lockdown Tracker

The level five measures are supposed to last six weeks.

Statistics released over the weekend raised hopes that previous level 3 restrictions would gradually affect transfer rates.

Figures from the Central Statistical Office showed that the number of contacts tested positive had already fallen from an average of 10 to around six.

In the 15- to 24-year-old age group, close contacts fell from 10 in August to only five in early October below level three.

HSE head Paul Reid also announced that the positivity rate for tests had dropped from 8% to 5.8%

And the number of cases on Friday was the lowest in nine days at 777, despite seven other tragic deaths from Covid.

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