'Together we stand!' Conor McGregor issues rallying cry to Ireland and the rest of the world amid coronavirus crisis (VIDEO)
"Hello everyone, hello Ireland," he began.
"I would like to address my nation. To the people of Ireland. To our President Michal D. Higgins, to Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan, Leo, the two Simons, Mary and Micheal, I respect you all greatly and I would like to put forth some of my thinking.Also on rt.com ‘We don’t know where we’re fighting or if we’re fighting at all’: Khabib posts update upon arrival in Russia
"I want to say that, while we are all currently debating a full lockdown, I feel that we must. Any time spent debating this is needless time from the clock. I know a good, tough fight when I see one, and we have one on our hands now. And I want to call upon my people, the great people of Ireland. This fight needs us all. We are all in the red corner together, awaiting the bell. So let's gather together and ring the bell ourselves, including the people of the rest of the world. True lockdown must begin, and it must begin now. A lockdown together. A lockdown united.
"We must close our airports, we must close all non-essential business. We must cut all non-essential travel. Commissioner Harris and Vice Admiral Mellett, we must prepare and deploy our units to any and all built-up areas across our country, now. President Higgins, you must give these great men and women the power to enforce this task if necessary. However, I know when the true seriousness is understood, as it is becoming now, a great nation will oblige, and impeccably do so. It is time for a full lockdown and we are ready.
"Powers that be, I am calling to you all. The fate of our great Ireland depends on it. This is my proposal and I pray that we can make this happen. We need to take the same measures of some of the heavier affected countries, only we must do it in quicker time. We have the advantage here, in that we can see this coming. We can see this coming. But if we do not act on our advantage, then we cannot expect different results.Also on rt.com ‘Quarantine Queen’: Russian figure skating star Evgenia Medvedeva shows how she protects against coronavirus (PHOTOS)
"We are not adhering to social distancing, at least not to the extent required to halt exponential growth. A lockdown will facilitate this. It will reduce transmissions, it will take the pressure off our front-line staff, and it will allow us to identify all of our cases.
"These measures are stringent, but necessary, and have worked in China and Hong Kong. Ireland, we have got this. Not only do we have the formula, we have it ahead of time. Let's go Ireland! Let's go rest of the world! Lockdown united. Together we stand. God bless us all."Also on rt.com Quarantine workout: NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk shows how to train together with wife (VIDEO)