Gardaí to hire extra vehicles to help vulnerable during Covid-19 outbreak

Gardaí to hire extra vehicles to help vulnerable during Covid-19 outbreak
One of the extra vehicles to be used by gardaí during the outbreak

Gardaí say they are hiring 210 extra vehicles to give increased mobility around the country.

It will help them reach out to those with limited local support and may include collecting prescriptions or taking people to hospital appointments. They emphasised that the vehicles are NOT ‘primary response vehicles’.

One of the extra vehicles to be used by gardaí during the outbreak
One of the extra vehicles to be used by gardaí during the outbreak

They said they will also help people into local, national and state services where appropriate.

Anyone concerned for themselves or neighbours should contact their local Garda station.

One of the extra vehicles to be used by gardaí during the outbreak
One of the extra vehicles to be used by gardaí during the outbreak

Deputy Commissioner Twomey said: "As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated.

"An Garda Síochána has always worked closely with our communities and we continue to do so in these extraordinary times”.

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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