Gardai are planning to increase patrols across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Stephen Murphy has more details:

Empty shelves and queues with hundreds of people were common sights at supermarkets yesterday.

The government's appeal for people not to panic buy clearly falling on deaf ears.

This morning, Gardai will unveil a new policing plan for responding to the Covid 19 outbreak.

What are described as "high visiblity" patrols will be stepped up
to provide "comfort and support" to communities.

Yesterday, a patrol took place in Dublin 15 after reports of stockpiling at one supermarket getting out of hand.

The new plan will also see student gardai sworn into the force early so they can take on frontline duties.

Gardai say they'll continue working with the HSE and will implement all of the appropriate protocols.






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