Conor McGregor Addresses Ireland, Calls For Stricter Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

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Conor McGregor, Moscow press conference Credit: Elena Katretskaya

UFC star Conor McGregor knows a tough fight when he sees one. And he sees one in the current coronavirus pandemic — which has led him to airing his thoughts on the matter, in a new video.

Addressing the people, its President, other officials, and medical officers, McGregor called for a full lockdown of the country. “Any time spent debating this is needless time from the clock,” he stated. “I know a good, tough fight when I see one, and we have one on our hands now. I want to call upon my people, the great people of Ireland. This fight needs us all. We’re all in the red corner together, awaiting the bell. Let’s gather together and ring the bell ourselves, including the people of the rest of the world. A true lockdown must begin, and it must begin now. A true lockdown together, a lockdown united.”

McGregor also finds fault in how people are following social distancing guidelines. Or not following them, as the case may be. Social distancing — staying in, avoiding large gatherings, and keeping space between people you do come into contact with — is a measure designed to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. “We are not adhering to social distancing. At least not to the extent required to halt exponential growth,” observed McGregor. “A lockdown would facilitate this. It will reduce transmissions, it will take the pressure off of our frontline staff, and it will allow us to identify all of our cases. These methods are stringent but necessary, and have worked in China and Hong Kong.”

China has recently been easing restrictions it put in place back in January, when the virus was ravaging Wunan and other areas. All eyes are now on the nation, to see if it can return to daily life without the virus resurfacing, either through outside or community contact.

McGregor finished his address with a rallying cry. “Ireland, we have got this! Not only do we have the formula, we have it ahead of time. Let’s go Ireland! Let’s go rest of the world! Locked down, united, together we stand. God bless us all.”

Ireland is looking at closing down all non-essential services on Wednesday.