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Why has it taken so long to devise a Covid-19 plan for those in such a vulnerable situation?

Philip Ryan


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On March 6, Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) urged members to introduce restrictions on the number of people who could visit their care facilities.

The group representing 400 private and voluntary nursing homes said children, groups and any non-essential visits should be banned due to the spread of the coronavirus.

The worldwide pandemic has shown older people are the most vulnerable to the deadly virus. A few days later on March 10, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the restrictions on nursing home visits were not necessary and could affect the mental well-being of residents.