Public Facilities & Schools Shut Down in Northern Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has begun reacting to the drastic alterations following the increasing spread of COVID-19. It prompted local authorities to shutdown Elementary Schools, Colleges and multiple public facilities. These measures will remain into effect until March 29th, with Leo Varadkar expressing that this shutdown period could extend to prolonged periods if the epidemic isn’t terminated in Ireland. It should be mentioned that there is a total of seventy coronavirus cases in Ireland, with twenty-seven of them being discovered on February 12th.

Most global citizens with reliable immune systems in developed countries aren’t at risk to the coronavirus. However, the elderly and newborn are highly at risk of dying from COVID-19. This was proven after a woman in her eighties, with pre-existing health conditions, died after fighting against the coronavirus for two weeks. The United Kingdom’s numbers are more severe, with ten individuals being killed. It’s suspected that there are roughly 600 confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, with locals stockpiling on required necessities for living in the recent days. Store shelves have become empty throughout Ireland and the UK.

Leo Varadkar, the President of Northern Ireland, expressed that indoor mass gatherings will be terminated after exceeding 100 citizens. This figure extended to 500 for outdoor gatherings, with most health officials going against the recommended number listed for outdoor activities. Varadkar noted that both Shipping ports and Airports would remain active going forward. That means travelling individuals could prompt an increased spread by entering Northern Ireland. These cancellations to Schools and Public Facilities were determined through extensive scientific evidence.

Ireland Following Different Protocols

The Chief Medical Officer for Ireland, Tony Holohan, expressed that they’re operating differently from their UK-Union counterparts. It was noted that the situation had been assessed over a prolonged period and that they have contingency plans available to ensure limited spreading. The WHO doesn’t recommend that world governments implement these measures unless there’s 100+ confirmed cases, as self-isolation and hospitalized medical assistance should be enough to limit spreading. Considering that Ireland is supporting less than 60 confirmed cases, these protocols aren’t required at the current time. It should be noted that Ireland & Northern Ireland are two of the few nations that aren’t implementing travel restrictions. It could create a dangerous level of exposure for Irish citizens.

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