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Bressie hails 'superheroes' nurses after his uncle dies of virus

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Niall Breslin

Niall Breslin

Niall Breslin

Musician Niall Breslin has revealed that his uncle died from Covid-19 on Thursday.

The singer, best known as 'Bressie' took to social media last night to pay tribute to the staff who cared for his uncle.

"My uncle Jonny passed away yesterday due to covid-19 . It's a horrible virus. But the nurses that took care of him are superheroes. What empathy. I really feel for them. What a tough job. Important to keep strong on the measures to stop it," he said.

There was an outpouring of support for Niall after the message went up.

Singer Hozier responded: "Condolences, Niall, very sorry for your loss. Hope all the family are doing ok."

"I'm so sorry. Condolences to your family Niall," said actress Gemma Chan.

Fears

Meanwhile, a decision to lift coronavirus lockdown measures will depend on people complying with them, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned.

Mr Varadkar said that while there is a prospect of easing the measures on May 5, there are fears within the Government that people are becoming more lax. Mr Vardakar told a press conference on Friday that while gardai have strong powers to enforce the Covid-19 restrictions, they prefer to use the power of persuasion.

"If we continue to do the right thing for the next 11 days, that really increases our prospects to ease restrictions," Mr Varadkar said.

"Anyone thinking of breaching those restrictions, bear in mind the consequences. It's not worth it, even for just a few hours.

"I would ask people to accept that message."

Mr Varadkar said the Government will be looking at data which monitors people's movement ahead of any decision to ease restrictions.

Leapfrogging

"One of the big fears we have is anticipatory behaviour," he added.

"People anticipate easing of restrictions and are leapfrogging that and engaging in social contact that can allow the virus to spread.

"The fact we can see people being more lax in what they are doing is a real worry and will make it harder to come out of this."

Minister for Health Simon Harris acknowledged that the guidelines are frustrating.

"People have been incredible in this country but human nature is that people get a bit fatigued and stretch their understanding of what public guidelines are," he said.

"It's worth reminding people that the request is to stay at home to keep you and your family safe and older and vulnerable people safe.

"The alternative to what we are asking is a hell of a lot worse.

"Lives are being saved."