Tuesday June 2, 2020

Covid-19: Lockdown begins ‘to save as many lives as possible’

Taoiseach tells public to stay at home for two weeks, with limited exceptions

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
27th March, 2020
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is joined by Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer, and Simon Harris, the health minister, as he announces the new measures. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

It is a national lockdown, and it has come much sooner than anyone expected.

Just three days ago, Leo Varadkar announced a series of severe restrictions, including the closure of all non-essential retail businesses. Now the government has moved to a much more stringent set of measures to halt the rapid increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths.

For two weeks, up to April 12, everyone has been told to stay at home. Or “fan ábhaile”...

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