In a live address to the nation tonight, the Taoiseach said the whole country must work together and in support of our healthcare workers.
“This is the calm before the storm, before the surge and when it comes — and it will come — never will so many ask so much from so few,” he said. “We will do all we can to support them.”
He described the Covid-19 outbreak as “a global pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen before. We can’t stop the virus, but we can slow it in its tracks,” he said, reiterating the need to avoid “close human contact.”
He said the current emergency is likely to go on beyond March 29 and could last many months into the summer. He also acknowledged the impact on the economy and livelihoods and said supports would be put in place.
“Please don’t forward or share messages from other unreliable sources," he said.