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Irish citizens urged not to travel overseas until March 29 as coronavirus cases expected to increase 30pc per day

Irish citizens are being urged not to travel abroad before March 29, including to England.

The request to stop non-essential travel does not apply to Northern Ireland.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has revealed that all people coming into Ireland will also be asked to limit their social contacts for two weeks.

This comes as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned that the number of new cases of coronavirus will jump by 30pc per day.

Already 169 people in the Republic have tested positive for Covid-19 and more are expected.

“It’s inevitable, it cannot be stopped. The numbers will rise every days in the next couple of weeks,” he said.

The hope is that it will then start to plateau as as the effects of the current restrictions kick in.

It will rise before it levels off, he added.

Health Minister Simon Harris said a massive recruitment campaign will be launched tomorrow.

“Your country needs you,” he said.

Mr Harris said we need a whole of society effort and the crisis cannot be wished away.

The HSE has purchased hundreds more ventilators and will buy more to cope with the surge in seriously ill patients who need breathing support.

But there are no guarantees the demand will exceed the availability of ventilators .

The Ministers were speaking at Government buildings after a meeting of the special sub committee overseeing the virus.

From The Irish Independent.