Image source: Conor McGregor's Instagram (@thenotoriousmma)
Conor McGregor has been very vocal on social media recently regarding the coronavirus outbreak and has contributed to the cause by donating medical supplies to local Irish hospitals.
Irish Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe reached out to Conor McGregor on social media asking the Irish superstar to consider leveraging his social platforms to spread the word on social distancing and other government recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“The Notorious” responded to Donohoe stating his appreciation for the politician’s efforts but agreed that more needs to be done.
“Hello Pascal. Thank you for the message. I have used my platforms multiple times since this has began. First encouraging hand wash etiquette / not touching face, plus keeping distance. Then before the weekend I urged people to stay vigilant and stay indoors. With the weather and a drop in cases I felt temptation would be high. Then after seeing the rise in cases, plus out lax efforts in social distancing, with all our day spot locations packed to the brim. I went further and made the video. Today I am purchasing myself, €1 million euro worth of personal protective equipment to be deployed to all the fighting hospitals in the Leinster region. Our most affected region, to this date. 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! We need more units on the street to enforce this lockdown Pascal. It has been too lax! I seen yesterday though that this has been given more of a push. I was happy to hear and I am eager to see it in effect. Building sites should be closed. They are open for what? We can always build again after this. In every way. But we must put Health before Wealth. Bingo halls is not enough. You think a building site canteen is going to separate? Or on site white working together? The airport situation is currently not good enough also. If not the worst of them all. I have a friend yesterday, who waltzed back in from Thailand, handed a covid 19 leaflet from airport staff, who were unmasked and ungloved. And let walk right out the door. Back into Ireland. This is just not good enough at this time. Please press for more here. If airports cannot close then I urge more stringent measures inside the airport take place for anyone arriving or departing. I respect you, and your team and I believe you are doing as good a job as you possibly can. I have been impressed by all. As has the nation. I feel like we are moving in the right way, it just feels to me like it is not all the way. I urge all the way! “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. I pray 🙏 God speed Minister and thank you for the message, and your service to our nation. ❤️🙏”
As of yesterday, there have been 1,329 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland with seven confirmed deaths from the illness as well. The government has also announced new restrictions to contain the virus with outdoor gatherings limited to four people and all non-essential shops closed until the outbreak has been contained.