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Paraphrasing Winston Churchill on St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s leader gives chilling warning on coronavirus: ‘Never will so many ask so much of so few’

Usually a day of parades and parties nationwide, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland was a muted affair.

A debate raged in Ireland for a week over whether the government should cancel the traditional St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. It did — finally — and with good reason. In a St. Patrick’s Day address to this small, island nation, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the country is braced for at least 15,000 people to test positive for coronavirus by the end of the month.

“We’re asking people to come together as a nation by staying apart from each other,” he said. “This is the calm before the storm — before the surge,” he added. Varadkar paraphrased a quote by Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during World War II: “Never will so many ask so much of so few.” (Churchill’s exact quote was: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”)

‘We’re asking people to come together as a nation by staying apart from each other.’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

Health officials do not want the kind of sustained outbreak that happened in Italy to happen in this country of just over 4.8 million people. The Republic of Ireland shares a soft border with the British province of Northern Ireland, which has a population of over 1.9 million, where there is free movement of goods and people. Unlike schools south of the border, Northern Ireland has so far kept them open.

Varadkar also said he expects the numbers of those who test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus SARS-CoV-2, to rise again beyond . He said it will likely rise further, and expects the current number of cases to rise by 30% every day over that period. He said the pandemic could last into the summer.

To put those figures in context, Italy — the worst affected country outside of the U.S. — currently reports that 31,506 people are confirmed to have the disease, while 2,503 have died from COVID-19. Following Italy’s lead, Irish Health Minister Simon Harris appealed to retired medical professionals (final-year medical students) to apply for jobs ahead of the expected influx of patients.