Taoiseach tells Nation that Covid-19 crisis is likely extend ‘well beyond March 29’
In an unprecedented St Patrick’s Day address to the Nation, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tonight admitted that the Covid-19 crisis may extend well beyond March 29 and could extend into the Summer.
In a rallying cry against the emergency, he asked everyone to remember to keep their distance from each other and that social distancing is the main weapon against Covid-19 but that things will get worse before they get better.
He also paid tribute to the healthcare workers and all of those who are on the frontline of the war against the coronavirus as he repeated the assertion that 15,000 people would be infected here by the end of the month.
The Taoiseach pledged to get people back to work as soon as possible and would support citizens and businesses to get through the financial problems that the disease will bring.
Earlier it was announced that there are now 292 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland after 69 people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
The 69 new cases includes 29 males and 40 females, 48 are in the east of the country, 13 are in the south, five are in north west and three are in the west.
In the North, 10 new cases were confirmed bringing the total to 62 overall there, meaning there are now 354 cases on the island of Ireland.
So far, 6,636 tests have been conducted with 30,000 testing kits due to be delivered here on Thursday.