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22 March 2020 22:50

Brexit Cabinet of the United Kingdom Simon Coveney

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"People will wish they'd done more"

TEENAGERS terrorised older people queuing outside a pharmacy in an incident that was like a "revenge horror movie" the Seanad was told. It came as politicians stepped up warnings to young people to heed social distancing guidelines in a bid to save lives in the coronavirus crisis. Tánaiste Simon Coveney warned that people not taking social distancing advice seriously need to be confronted amid efforts to save thousands of lives. Earlier Tánaister Simon Coveney issued a warning that people who are not taking coronavirus social distancing seriously. He said Ireland faces the prospect of having to cut off towns in a bid to contain or prevent the spread of a disease to protect vulnerable people.

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"That is what people who hold house parties in the current environment or who meet up for games of football when they shouldn't need to think about," he told the Seanad. It's not a theory, it's a protection and we need to confront our families, peers and communities to make sure everybody takes that seriously. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has warned "we need to change the conversation" for those people who are not taking the public health advice seriously on social distancing to ensure they do so. Elsewhere, Health Service Executive chief executive Paul Reid said Irish people were making a significant effort in relation to social distancing and not doing so was "putting lives at risk". The Tánaiste said of the emergency powers passed: "I hope we never need them, but I suspect we might." He said parents, families, peer groups and communities needed to confront people who were not taking the public health message seriously.

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He said it "sounds like we're living in a movie set, but believe me when we look back in six weeks' time or 12 weeks' time we'll wish we'd done more, and we'll wish we'd confronted those kids on a street corner or at the end of a housing estate who are gathering under a tree or under a light or wherever". He said people who hold house parties or who meet to play football should think of the hundreds of thousands of people who are vulnerable, members of their family and their community. It is not a theory, it's a protection, and we need to confront our families and our peers and our communities to make sure that everybody takes that seriously. "Ultimately it is the people themselves, all over the country who need to play their part by following public health advice," he said. Mr Coveney said this is about protecting health and lives.

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"And it is the action of people who ignore because perhaps they don't feel threatened themselves in their own lives because they're young and healthy and have strong immune systems, and for them Covid-19 if it confronts them on a personal level may mean two or three days or mild illness." Ireland will experience a surge in the number of coronavirus cases before social distancing measures start to make an impact, according to an infectious disease expert. The Government warned on Thursday the Covid-19 virus could kills tens of thousands of people if the public does not follow advice to keep apart from others. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has launched a scathing attack on young people who are ignoring social distancing recommendations and called on members of the public to confront individuals who are not taking Covid-19 seriously. Speaking in the Seanad, he said: "Social distancing matters, it is not a theory, it is a protection and we need to confront our families and our peers and our communities to make sure everybody takes that seriously. He said people who hold house parties or meet up for games of football need to think about that.

He said this was about protecting the lives of people who are vulnerable to this virus. The Tánaiste said the actions of healthy young people who ignore public health advice will have a major impact on these vulnerable people. The Tánaiste has warned people who are not observing social distancing will look back and wish they'd done more to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said everyone needs to step up and step apart............