Follow the protocol of social distancing and social isolation for the coming weeks to avoid the deteriorating situation in Italy happening in Ireland.
That is the strong message from a Mayo woman living in the Italian city at the heart of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ballina native Jacintha McCarthy lives in the city of Bergamo, in Lombardy and she has made the plea to people in Ireland to follow HSE guidelines fully.
Almost 5 thousand people have died in Italy and in Lombardy new strict measures were introduced yesterday, banning all sport and physical activity and closing non-essential factories.
Jacintha McCarthy told Midwest News that individuals need to social isolate and social distance to avoid the Italian situation unfolding here in a fortnight.