Covid-19: Varadkar appeals for calm as he warns worst is to come

Taoiseach says bill for coronavirus crisis will be ‘enormous’ and may take years to pay but public health is the priority

17th March, 2020
Covid-19: Varadkar appeals for calm as he warns worst is to come
Leo Varadkar channelled Winston Churchill when he said of the expected surge: ““When it comes, never will so many ask so much of so few.” Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Leo Varadkar’s state of the nation address was intended to reassure a worried population about the Covid-19 pandemic – and to warn that worse is to come.

It was grim stuff. The national semi-lockdown with closed schools, pubs and crèches could continue for “months” more into the summer. The government expects 15,000 Covid-19 cases by the end of this month alone. The Taoiseach signalled that older people and the most medically vulnerable will...

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