Thursday, 01 October, 2020

Ireland Shuts Down Racing Through At Least April 19

Leo Varadkar issues emergency coronavirus crackdown in Ireland as disease grips nation Irish Racing Stops
Cary Erickson | 25 March, 2020, 19:20

The taoiseach said these were "unprecedented actions to respond to an unprecedented emergency".

Commending healthcare workers, emergency services and anyone who has been lending a hand in this crisis, he said: "You're rising to this challenge and the nation is grateful.

However, we need to flatten the curve", he said.

Mr Varadkar pleaded for people to "stay home" and avoid "non-essential indoor visits". - People should only leave their homes to go to shops for essential supplies; medical or dental appointments; to care for others; or to take physical exercise.

"Social gatherings of individuals outdoors should be of no more than four people, unless you're all from the same household".

"We are in this for long haul", he stressed. All crowded places including public amenities should be avoided as well.

"In Ireland, since independence, we've always had policing by consent and not by coercion, and I don't intend for that to change now".

He said that new powers afforded to the gardai will used "sparingly and only where necessary".

Figures covering the 965 confirmed COVID-19 cases up until midnight on Sunday showed that 36 people had been admitted to the ICU.

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Workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak will now be able to claim an unemployment payment of €350 a week, an increase of nearly €150 on the figure of €203 announced last week.

Illness benefit will also increase to €350 per week.

Furthermore, in order to encourage employers and companies badly affected by this health crisis to keep staff on the payroll, a wage subsidy scheme will be introduced to co-fund 70% of the cost of salaries up to a maximum of €38,000 a year. "If we get back after a month, it won't be the end of the world".

Mr Varadkar added: "So we need to maintain our humanity as well". The government will do everything they can to help sustain those people.

Meanwhile, private hospitals will work as public hospitals which should add 2,000 beds.

Health chiefs say nearly 18,000 people in Ireland have now been tested for the disease.

"These are extraordinarily hard times for everyone - in Ireland and around the world". Prospects for the five-day Punchestown Festival, the climax to the Irish jumping season which is due to open on 28 April, also seem increasingly bleak.

"I never believed that we would be called upon to match their courage, or their example".

"Working together as a country, we'll come through this emergency". We will be tested - but will succeed. "Our greatest generation was not in the past and better times are yet to come".