Taoiseach Micheál Martin has asked the people of Ireland to reflect on what more they can do to stop the spread of Covid-19.
It was announced this evening that localised restrictions would be put in place for Kildare, Laois and Offaly which has seen 292 cases of the disease in the last two weeks — almost half the cases reported in the Republic of Ireland during the same timeframe.
But the Taoiseach emphasised that the onus fell on every citizen, in every county, to make sure that Ireland kept the virus under control.
“We know that we could go further in terms of restrictions but we are conscious that as we move forward through this pandemic, our responses need to be more nuanced and more sustainable.
“We also believe that the vast majority of people understand that we are in this together, and they will do as they are asked.
“I’m also asking everyone else in the country to do two things. Firstly, do not travel to these counties (Kildare, Laois or Offaly) unless for the purposes of work or essential care for a relative. Secondly, please pause and reflect on what else you can do, and what your friends and family can do, and what your colleagues can do to slow the spread of this disease.
“While the burden of this evening’s decision falls heavily on our people in Kildare, Laois and Offaly, the message needs to be heard and understood by everyone across the country. There is nothing inevitable about progress and keeping this disease under control. It requires constant vigilance and it requires everyone to continue to put the virus under pressure,” he explained.