Dublin’s Croke Park stadium is now virus drive-thru testing site

Croke Park is the 28th biggest stadium in the world by crowd capacity. (Getty Images)
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Updated 18 March 2020

Dublin’s Croke Park stadium is now virus drive-thru testing site

  • Once fully operational the test site is expected to handle an average of eight cars every 15 minutes, seven days a week, for 12 hours a day
  • Irish pubs, schools and universities have been closed until 29 March to stem the spread of COVID-19

DUBLIN: Ireland’s biggest sports stadium is now serving as a drive-thru coronavirus testing site, Ireland’s health service said Wednesday.
“Croke Park is one of the designated testing centers for north Dublin,” a spokeswoman for the Health Service Executive (HSE) said.
Testing at the arena by appointment only began on Tuesday.
The 80,000 capacity Croke Park in central Dublin is usually reserved for fans of Irish sports hurling and Gaelic football.
Once fully operational the test site is expected to handle an average of eight cars every 15 minutes, seven days a week, for 12 hours a day.
Irish pubs, schools and universities have been closed until 29 March to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Gatherings of more than 100 people have also been restricted and “social distancing” measures — including working from home — are highly recommended.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned there were likely to be 15,000 cases of coronavirus in Ireland by the end of March, and that the crisis could last into the summer months.
“This is the calm before the storm — before the surge,” he warned in a St. Patrick’s Day address to the nation as it celebrated its patron saint.
“We will get through this and we will prevail.”
Ireland has thus far suffered two deaths from the coronavirus and has 292 confirmed cases according to department of health figures updated late Tuesday.


Truck drives into US crowd protesting George Floyd killing, underscoring volatile situation

Updated 01 June 2020

Truck drives into US crowd protesting George Floyd killing, underscoring volatile situation

  • Protesters managed to stop the truck and beat up the driver, who was later arrested by police
  • A New York City Police car earlier drove into a crowd of protesters who were pelting it with objects

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota: A tanker truck drove through thousands of people marching on a Minneapolis highway to protest the death of George Floyd on Sunday before protesters dragged the driver from the cab and beat him, according to a Reuters witness and authorities.
It did not appear any of the marchers were injured when the truck raced toward them on I-35, blowing its horn, sending protesters scattering before coming to a stop, according to the witness and a tweet by the Minnesota Department of Public Security (MNDPS).
Police arrived soon after and arrested the truck driver, who was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, MNDPS said.
Video of the incident shows protesters swarming the vehicle before it comes to a stop.

Protesters hand over to police the driver of a tanker truck after he drove into a crowd marching on 35W north bound highway in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 31, 2020. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

“The incident just underscores the volatile situation we have out there,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told a news conference, adding he did not know the motives of the driver.
It marked the second incident in as many days of a vehicle driving at people protesting Floyd’s death after a New York City Police car was captured on video on Saturday driving into a crowd of protesters who were pelting it with objects.
“Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators,” MNDPS tweeted.
Video showed the truck had a logo on its side for “Kenan Advantage Group,” an Ohio-based transportation company.
The company said in a statement that it was informed of an incident involving one of its independent contractors in Minneapolis and it would be cooperating with investigating authorities.
MNDPS did not identify the driver but said the Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension were investigating the incident as a criminal matter.