Opinion: It’s absolutely disgraceful thousands of Italians are allowed fly into Dublin this weekend possibly widely spreading Coronavirus – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Opinion: It’s absolutely disgraceful thousands of Italians are allowed fly into Dublin this weekend possibly widely spreading Coronavirus




The caretaker Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the caretaker Minister for Health Simon Harris are playing fast and loose with the health of the Irish public.

As of Friday, Ireland has a total of 13 cases of coronavirus with the vast majority of cases a direct result of people who’ve flown back to Ireland from Northern Italy – the most affected place in the world outside of Asia.

To put it into context, just three weeks ago, Europe had just 40 cases of Coronavirus – as of today, Europe now has over 5,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. That’s an increase of 125 to 1 in just three weeks. If we see the same increase in the next three weeks, we’re looking at some 625,000 people being infected. This is absolute insanity.

To put this weekend in particular in context. Most Italian rugby fans are from Northern Italy and are flying into Dublin without any testing to stay here for the weekend regardless of the rugby match against Ireland being cancelled.

We had literally WEEKS to put measures in place that could stop or at least heavily prevent a coronavirus outbreak in Ireland – we’re a very small island with a handful of airports and ports, it’s not rocket science and the Irish government should be utterly ashamed of themselves, yet again!

If Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris read this piece, know one thing – you’ve gotten many things wrong over the last number of years but this is up there with the worst.

You’re literally putting people the elderly, frail and people with underlying health conditions lives at risk with your utter stupidity, selfishness and incompetency.

For once, do the right thing – cancel all flights coming in from badly affected areas, cancel all mass public gatherings such as St Patrick’s Day parade and let all sporting events go ahead in closed doors and can be televised.

There is no need to panic… yet, but make no mistake, coronavirus could mean life or death to the most vulnerable and if the government aren’t willing to take a stand against it then the public may have to.

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