Massive recruitment drive across health service to be launched today

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A massive recruitment drive is set to get under way today across the Irish health service, as it gears up to deal with the expected substantial rise in cases of Covid-19 across the country.

It comes as the government yesterday warned that it expects a 30% increase in the number of coronavirus confirmed in Ireland every day.

The Taoiseach said that 15,000 virus cases were expected here by the end of the month, but that most wouldn’t need treatment. He also warned of the threat to the economy and said there could be up to 100,000 jobs lost in the coming weeks.

It came just prior to the Department of Health confirming 54 new cases of the virus in Ireland last night, with a total of 223 people now diagnosed here.

-Noah Harte