Irish Prime Minister Returning to Work as a Doctor amid Coronavirus Pandemic: 'He Wanted to Help'

Ireland is under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning people in non-essential roles can only leave their house when necessary, such as grocery shopping, to attend medical appointments, take care of family or for “brief” exercise, CNN reported.

Public and private gatherings among people from different households are banned.

Earlier last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 3 travel notice — their highest alert level — to dozens of countries, including Ireland. The CDC recommended that anyone who had traveled to these countries to stay home, monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days.

According to the New York Times database, Ireland had at least 5,364 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 174 deaths as of Tuesday. Globally, there were over 1.3 million confirmed cases and at least 75,000 deaths.

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