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The government's new 'Living With COVID' plan could see restrictions on gatherings until at least April next year.

The plan, which will be published on Tuesday, will include five levels with the fifth being a return to lockdown.

According to the Sunday Independent, level one will still see no more than ten people from three households allowed gather in a home, while a limit of 100 will be placed on indoor gatherings and 200 outdoors.

The paper reports that the plan aims to prioritise keeping schools and creches open and will also include proposals to set up testing centres in every county and recruit more contact tracers.

It also says that Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and Iceland could be the latest countries added to Ireland's 'green list'.

The Government is considering the move as part of its new long term COVID plan.

People travelling to countries on the list are not required to quarantine for 14 days upon their return.

The move is pending EU-wide approval of a new traffic light system for flights between member states.

'Critical moment' for Dublin

It comes as the Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn says now is a "critical moment" to address the spread of COVID-19 in Dublin.

People are being asked to "reconsider your plans" and to socialise with a smaller circle of friends.

There were a further two deaths and 159 new cases yesterday, 75 of which were in the capital.

Ireland's 14-day incidence rate continues to rise according to the European Centre for Disease Control.

There are now 41 cases per 100,000 people in the country.

The rate for the UK is now 48.6, while Sweden's has fallen further to 24.

Main image: A woman passes the shop window at Arnotts on Henry Street in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

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