The Irish government extends lockdown measures until May 5. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has announced this. Officially, more than 6,000 people in the country are already infected with the coronavirus. More than 260 patients have succumbed to the effects of the lung disease.
In Ireland, schools have been closed since March 12. At the end of March, the country went into a kind of lockdown. Since March 27, the Irish are only allowed to leave the house to go to work, to do the shopping, to go to the doctor or to exercise in the neighbourhood.
Irish health experts have advised the government to keep these measures until May 5. “The government has accepted that,” Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced Friday afternoon at a news conference that could be followed live on television. The lockdown would initially be lifted next Monday, but the time has not yet come, the prime minister said. “We know what we do is difficult, but we must continue. What may be an inconvenience to certain people can save the lives of others, ”Varadkar, a physician by training, encouraged the population. “I call on everyone to do what they have to do.”