The Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD has warned that the next two weeks are going to be “critically important” as the country works to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Mr Martin called on everyone, especially younger people, to bring added focus to the task over the course of the next fortnight, saying “every citizen in the country has the power to change the trajectory of this illness”.
He made the comments while speaking at the launch of a national leaflet drop of the National Framework for Living with Covid-19.
The leaflet will be delivered to every home in the country.
Speaking today, the Taoiseach said: “The launch of this leaflet, a copy of which will be sent to every home in the country, is an important moment. It is an opportunity to remind the country of the choice we face for the coming winter. Each one of us has the power to slow and suppress the spread of this virus – it is up to each one of us to choose what we are going to do in the face of the threat.
“By sticking to the advice on hand hygiene, cough etiquette and social distancing, and by respecting the restrictions that are in place where we live, we can bring it back under control. The next two weeks are critical and I am calling on everyone to bring extra focus to the task for the next fortnight.
“This is a dangerous and deadly virus that kills. Many of those that it doesn’t kill, it leaves seriously ill, regardless of age,” he said.
Mr Martin added: “Every citizen in the country has the power to change the trajectory of this illness. I believe it is very important to ensure that they are as fully informed as possible. That’s one of the reasons why I am pleased to be launching this leaflet. With An Post’s help, every home the country will have full visibility of the plan for how we are going to come through this together."
The Taoiseach said he would encourage every household to treat the document as they would treat any other important piece of literature that comes into their home. "Keep it safe and keep it close to hand. This document will keep you fully informed on what any change to your county or city’s risk status will mean for you," he said.