On 23 January, the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Europe. Ireland saw is first confirmed case on 1 March.
Ireland has been quick to act both medically (through social distancing and self-isolation) and economically (the restriction of non-essential services and social welfare support
packages). Many other EU member states have also introduced a range of measures in the same manner, placing moratoriums on repayments of personal and business loans,
as well as freezes on the payment of a range of taxes and supports for the continuity of business post-crisis.