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Ireland must pull together until Covid-19 storm passes

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An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The sad announcement of the first coronavirus death here coincides with the declaration of a global pandemic.

The grim consequences of its spreading are taking hold and reconfiguring all facets of life.

Declaring a pandemic is charged with major political and economic ramifications.