A top international doctor has told world leaders to "find a better way" than economic lockdowns to deal with Covid-19.
In an interview published over the weekend, Dr David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the World Health Organization Director-General on Covid-19, discussed economic lockdowns like the one Ireland is facing with a potential return to Level 5 restrictions.
Most retails and other areas of the economy like personal services and hospitality would be closed under Level 5 but Dr Nabarro does not promote lockdown as a solution.
He describes something he calls the 'Middle Way', which relies on local public health to implement a robust system of testing, contact tracing and isolation such that economic lockdowns can be avoided.
He asked world leaders to work together and learn from one another to find a better way to manage Covid-19.
You can watch the full interview at the head of this article.