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Busy Pubs An Insult To Medics - Minister Harris

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10:12 AM - 15 Mar 2020



Health Minister Simon Harris says it's an "insult" to the efforts of doctors and nurses tackling the coronavirus outbreak that people are still gathering in large numbers in some pubs.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid has also urged pubs to "wise up quick" after videos of people crowding into them.

It's despite restrictions on mass gatherings being in place and guidelines on social distancing.

Many pubs and bars across the country have now voluntarily opted to temporarily shut their doors, amid advice that people should try to keep two metres (6.5 feet) between themselves and others.

While some venues and restaurants have been implemented measures to ensure social distancing advice is followed, others have said it's not possible given the size and nature of their venues.

A large number of pubs across the country - including some of the most popular venues in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick - announced yesterday that they'll shut for at least two weeks.

However, reports emerged on Saturday night that significant crowds were still gathering in some areas, including Dublin's Temple Bar.

In a tweet, Health Minister Simon Harris said crowds gathering in confined spaces was an "insult" in the efforts of healthcare workers.

He said: "Not far from here, nurses & doctors are working to prepare for the impact of a global pandemic. Everyone is working 24/7.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said people who were ignoring the public health advice were "jeopardising" people who weren't fit and healthy.

39 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Republic of Ireland last night.

One more person has also died - a male in the east of the country with an underlying medical condition.

There are now 129 confirmed cases here and two deaths.



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