Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor announced he is donating €1 million worth of medical supplies to various hospitals in Ireland as the country battles the deadly coronavirus.
According to a report from CNN, the number of COVID-19 cases around the world has climbed to more than 418 000 with over 18 000 deaths. This includes 1125 reported cases with six deaths in the Republic of Ireland as of Tuesday night.
To help the Irish frontliners in their fight against the pandemic, McGregor made the following announcement on Wednesday: “Today I am purchasing myself, €1 million worth of personal protective equipment to be deployed to all the fighting hospitals in the Leinster region. Our most affected region, to this date.”
He also expressed his gratitude to all medical personnel risking their lives during the health crisis.
“St. James. Mater, Tallaght. Beaumont. Vincent’s. Where we would be without these brave men and women, I do not know. May God bless over them and keep them safe!”
Thank you sincerely for your message, Minister Paschal Donohoe.
Here is my reply. pic.twitter.com/0NcnVgrKaA
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 25, 2020
In a conversation with the Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe, the former UFC two-weight champion has also urged the government to enforce more draconian measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“We need more units on the street to enforce this lockdown, Pascal,” McGregor said.
“It has been too lax! I seen yesterday though this has been given more of a push. I was happy to hear and I am eager to see it in effect.”
“‘All in’ is the term we must use here.”
“Bit by bit will cost us lives.
“To see what is happening here in Ireland and all across the entire globe is heartbreaking to me.”
Earlier this month, McGregor mourned the death of his aunt but he later clarified it was not because of the coronavirus disease.
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In a recent Instagram post, ‘The Notorious’ encouraged his countrymen to make stricter self-quarantine efforts and remain vigilant in this scary time.
“Quick reminder to stay vigilant with our quarantine efforts, team Ireland! We have seen a drop over the last 3 days in numbers of infected.”
“From 191 cases on Thursday, March 19th (Our heaviest day to date) to a slight decrease of 126 the following day, Friday March 20th. To now today, Saturday March 21th, a total number of 102 new cases.”
“These are encouraging drops each day but we are still above 100 a day.”
“With today being Saturday and the peak of our weekend, plus the fact we have received lower numbers each day, we will all feel tempted to get out and back to living our normal lives again.”
“But now is the time we must remain most vigilant! Remain most vigilant and put this fully to bed.”
“Otherwise we run the risk of going around in circles with these numbers until they hit a spike we then can’t contain. Stay tight Ireland! We will do this!”
Take that, corona virus ☘️ pic.twitter.com/iz04BXIYjH
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 20, 2020
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