In less than 48 hours, 40,000 people responded to the HSE's call for help to fight Covid 19.
These health care professional who are not already working in the public health service responded to the "On Call For Ireland" initiative.
CEO of the HSE Paul Reid says these extra staff could help treat coronavirus patients in their communities rather than in hospital.
Over 40K applications for "On Call for Ireland" in @HSELive Overwhelming support from business, communities, social groups, & individuals. We will shortly commence a really tough time but all of us in HSE are inspired by this response. Thank you all so much #COVID19
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) March 19, 2020
557 people in the Republic are now infected with coronavirus.
The number jumped by 191 confirmed cases in the latest figures released yesterday- up 52% in just 24 hours.
Two women and one man have also died from Covid 19.
#OurHealthService is preparing to care for people affected by #COVID19. We are asking healthcare workers not currently working in the public health service to register to be on call to help. #ItsInOurHands #COVID19Ireland https://t.co/P3wERCea25 pic.twitter.com/oryqlKRbZG
— HSE Ireland (@HSELive) March 17, 2020