Covid-19 measures to remain in place until 5th May

April 10, 2020 0

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that the Covid-19 restrictions will be extended for a further three weeks until Tuesday 5th May.  Leo Varadkar made the announcement this afternoon following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency team.  He thanked the Irish people for their forbearance and sacrifice, in the effort to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Taoiseach Leo VaradkarMr Varadkar said that because the vast majority of people have heeded the advice, the spread of the virus has been disrupted.

He said the spread has been slowed but it has not been stopped, adding that too many people had died and that “many more will die and many more will get sick before this is over”.

The Taoiseach said “people are wondering when life will get back to normal. We are working toward that, planning carefully, so we get there safely. No one knows for certain when that will be, or how our lives will be different. All we can do is take one day at a time”.

He asked people to choose solidarity over self interest.

Mr Varadkar said that every sacrifice people make is helping to save lives and making sure our health service is not overwhelmed.  He said it is hoped to unwind the measures after the three week extension, but he said that depended on what the position is then.

The Taoiseach said they would not be eased in one go, that it would have to be done bit by bit, adding that they may have to be reimposed, depending on the number of cases.

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