“We need this compliance to continue.”
That was the message from Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security, John Twomey this afternoon as he announced that there will be 2,500 Gardaí manning Covid-19 checkpoints at any one time this week ahead of the May bank holiday.
In a statement, An Garda Síochána announced that Operation Fanacht, the same system employed over the Easter holidays, will get underway at 7am on Tuesday, April 28th and will remain in place until May bank holiday Monday, May 4th.
The checkpoints are part of a massive effort to ensure the public adheres to strict Government measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The Public Health Guidelines remain in place until 5th May 2020. An Garda Síochána are continuing to actively engage, educate and encourage everyone to keep up the high level of compliance seen over the last number of weeks. Together we can #FlattenTheCurve#StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/NM4k1cff80
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) April 26, 2020
Yesterday the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) was been notified that a further 23 people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Ireland have died. 701 additional cases have been confirmed in Ireland, bringing the total number of people infected to 19,262.
Dublin has the highest number of cases at 9,224 (50% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,110 cases (6%).
Community transmission accounts for 63% of confirmed cases, while close contact accounts for 33% and travel abroad accounts for 4%.