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Conor McGregor has made an impassioned plea to the leaders of Ireland to take further action and stem the tide of the coronavirus.

The UFC superstar released a video on Monday night calling for lessons to be learned from other countries as to how best combat the pandemic that is currently plaguing the globe. In particular, McGregor says, there is no more time to waste and a lockdown across the country needs to implemented as soon as possible.

“I want to say that while we are all currently debating a full lockdown, I feel that we must,” McGregor said. “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. 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 it 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 nonessential travel.”

McGregor’s statement comes after a weekend in which numerous social clips have been shared, with groups of people visiting park and beaches in a disregard of the huge health risks and the lives currently at stake.

“We need to take the same measures of some of the heavier affected countries, only we must do it in quicker time,” McGregor said. “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.

“We are not adhering to social distancing, at least not to the extent required to hold exponential growth. A lockdown will facilitate this. It will reduce transmissions, it will take the pressure off of our frontline staff, and it will allow us to identify all of our cases. These methods 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.”