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

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

27th March, 2020
Covid-19: Lockdown begins ‘to save as many lives as possible’
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:

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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