09:22 Monday, 16 March 2020
‘We don’t expect any more dramatic messages immediately’.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney has called on the public to trust the government and the HSE and to ignore the which are circulating on social media.
“We will make decisions based on public health advice, don’t pick up information from sources that are not reliable.”
Mr Coveney told Newstalk Breakfast that people are getting “information overload” and “we are living in extraordinary times.”
“I will say this very bluntly to people this morning, be very careful where you get your information from.
“Yesterday I got dozens of calls from people who thought that the country was going to move into lockdown at 11 o’clock this morning because of a totally irresponsible message that was put up initially on WhatsApp and spread across social media, so there are all sorts of rumours spreading all around.
“These are people who are essentially playing on people’s fears, trying to cause disruption and upset.
“What I would say to people is trust your government here, trust government agencies, trust the HSE, we will get messages out across social media, but please ignore rumours.
“Nobody is going to hide anything from the public here I can promise you that. We will make decisions in a way that is transparent in a way that is based on public health advice.”
“We will try to be as transparent as we can be. We are asking people to work with us. We need to remind people what this is about.
“This is about saving lives. That is the message we need to project every day.”
The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus, you can read it here.