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Control: Testing Covid-19 samples at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Control: Testing Covid-19 samples at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Control: Testing Covid-19 samples at the UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Ann O'Rourke died alone in a nursing home, social distancing restrictions a cruel and necessary burden on her and her family. Days later, her son Ciaran poured his grief across the airwaves.

The 69-year-old was loved by her son, her family and neighbours yet, in her final moments, none of them could come near her.

"I just hope people stay in and listen, take the proper procedures," Ciaran appealed, his voice breaking as he told RTE Liveline listeners about Ann's death in a nursing home after contracting Covid-19.