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'If the virus is spread by dense people gathering densely, why not use the gardaí to disperse them?' (stock photo)

'If the virus is spread by dense people gathering densely, why not use the gardaí to disperse them?' (stock photo)

'If the virus is spread by dense people gathering densely, why not use the gardaí to disperse them?' (stock photo)

I am sure it is a comfort to all the hospitality workers who have just lost their jobs that gardaí are getting lots of overtime to do the difficult job of standing at roadblocks. Like Nphet asking for a Level 5 lockdown, whoever in the gardaí thought causing massive tailbacks during rush hour was a good idea obviously didn’t think it through.

Not everyone on the road is a ‘covidiot’. There are workers in sectors such as retail, construction and supply chain whose jobs simply can’t be done at home. There are parents trying to take their kids to school. There are people trying to get to Dublin for medical appointments. There are adults trying to visit their elderly parents.

All of them have now been made to feel guilty. For what? Trying to keep food on the table and bills paid, trying to keep an economy going, trying to get medical treatment that keeps them alive, trying to give a lonely relative some form of social contact.

If Nphet, the Government and gardaí really want to fight Covid, then target the problem. If the virus is spread by dense people gathering densely, why not use the gardaí to disperse them?

Jason Fitzharris

Swords, Co Dublin

 

Daily figures on coronavirus need context to be useful

I agree wholeheartedly with the views expressed by Leo Varadkar on Claire Byrne Live on Monday night. It is about time someone stood up to the daily announcements that have almost taken over from the evening news.

The Tánaiste did not mince his words and I believe that, being a medical man, he had more right to offer his views than most.

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Over the past number of months, Nphet has fed us information evening after evening with little context. Telling us on Monday that the new cases were 430, say, and on Tuesday that they had risen to 530, for example, meant nothing, because we were not told how many people were tested on either day to get those figures.

Tony Fagan

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

 

Varadkar was nasty in TV dressing-down of Holohan

I’ve always been a fan of Leo Varadkar but after Monday night’s performance I was incensed at his treatment of chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan. It was cheap, underhand and downright nasty. I sincerely hope that when we inevitably enter Level 5 lockdown that he will have the grace to acknowledge his pettiness and apologise.

Mary Haugh

Lahinch, Co Clare

 

Important to remember Nphet advice was for our welfare

Another Level 3 lockdown was inevitable after relaxing our guidelines during the busy summer months.

While we welcomed all visitors to our sunny and balmy beaches in Donegal, and were more than happy to see our bars and restaurants open, we are now paying the cost of all this, not just financially but in human terms too.

While the Government openly disagreed with Nphet’s recommendation of a Level 5 lockdown, we must remember that this advice was primarily for the safety and welfare of the citizens of this country.

I quite understand that we need to keep people at work and our businesses open, but if we see further increases in people contracting this virus, and an increasing number of deaths, who will be left to work or run these businesses?

Christy Galligan

Letterkenny, Co Donegal

 

What about those who have died from other illnesses?

When is the Covid conversation going to lose its portents of doom?

For almost two months now, only a tiny number have been diagnosed as having died “with” Covid.  A great number of citizens have died within the same period from other illnesses, yet do not get a mention in a daily TV update from health executives.

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork

 

Ireland can take heed of the lessons learned in Spain

As an Irishman now living in Spain near the Costa Blanca but visiting Ireland with my wife for a wedding, I have been astounded by the lack of mask-wearing, not only by the general public but also gardaí in open spaces everywhere here in Ireland.

The Costas have among the lowest incidences of Covid cases and deaths in Spain, and this is down to the strictly policed policy of “mask-wearing everywhere, by everyone”. Better that than extreme lockdowns that would kill any economy.

Brendan Moran

Orihuela Costa, Spain


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