A man was spotted wearing a pair of ‘knickers’ as a face mask on a train to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Following warnings that Ireland’s R number rose to one or just above, health officials urged the public to follow coronavirus guidelines.

Despite the warnings, one person was seen wearing what appeared to be pair of knickers as a face mask on a busy DART, DublinLive reports.

The photo was taken on the DART to Howth on Thursday at 6pm with passenger Cian Brady joking “why bother wearing a face mask when a pair of knickers does the job”.

He told Dublin Live: “Nobody said anything to him, not many realised he had them on his face.

Passenger Cian Brady joked ‘why bother wearing a face mask when a pair of knickers does the job’

“I couldn’t stop laughing under my own mask, I thought he was having me on. Just buy a proper mask!.” 

Face coverings on public transport are mandatory in the Republic of Ireland earlier this month and have been in England and Scotland for a number of weeks.

It comes as 23 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Ireland and 15 (65%) of those are directly or indirectly linked to travel.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Today, NPHET has recommended that all visitors to healthcare settings including hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies, should wear face coverings.

Face masks are mandatory in most places

“15 of today’s confirmed cases are directly or indirectly related to travel. NPHET today reiterates that all non-essential travel overseas should be avoided.

“In addition, 77% of cases reported today are under 25 years of age. COVID-19 is extremely infectious and none of us are immune. It is important that we all continue to follow public health advice and risk assess our actions.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “We are seeing an increase in the number of reported cases over the last 2 weeks and the R-number is now at or above 1.

“There is an immediate need for all of us to take care and caution in our decisions and actions.”

In Ireland, there have been 25,565 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1,743 related deaths.





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