The U2 band members donated 10 million euros for protective equipment for health workers in Ireland. A spokesperson for the rock group from Dublin has confirmed this to the German news agency DPA.
The donation is part of an action launched by Irish aircraft leasing company Avolon. The first material ordered with the proceeds from the collection arrived in Ireland from China on Tuesday. This included forty ventilators and 20,000 face masks.
The promoters hope that the action will eventually allow some forty tons of protective material to be flown in for Irish healthcare providers.
In Ireland, some 6,000 people have been infected, and 235 people have so far died from the effects of the coronavirus.