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Ewan MacKenna


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Security guards wearing face masks at Croke Park in Dublin where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Security guards wearing face masks at Croke Park in Dublin where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Security guards wearing face masks at Croke Park in Dublin where the stadium is being used as a testing facility for Covid-19. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

On 28 February, Dr Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organisation’s emergencies programme, sat down with a grave announcement for every citizen of the planet.

"We are at the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of the spread and in terms of the impact," he noted, regarding a global pandemic that was en route at pace.

It shouldn’t have come as a big surprise, as a week earlier a cluster of cases were detected in Lombardy and the very next day another 60 instances cropped up in an unprepared Italy. Yet on 28 February, in Ireland, Leo Varadkar was mostly occupied with water levels and with the floods.