Thousands of people have responded to the calls for help through the COVID-19 crisis. The Health Service Executive (HSE), Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) and charities have appealed to people to play their part throughout the crisis.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said that within 24 hours of launching the HSE’s call for help, over 24,000 people responded. The HSE is working to create extra hospital beds to meet the predicted surge in demand as a result of COVID-19 and needs extra hands to provide care not just now but in the coming weeks and months.