Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will return to work as a medical practitioner during the coronavirus crisis.
Varadkar, who worked as a doctor before going into politics, has re-registered as a medical practitioner and offered to work one session per week in areas that are within his scope of expertise, a spokesperson for his office told RTÉ news Sunday.
“Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way,” the spokesperson said.
The Irish Times reported that he would be helping out with phone assessments: People who may have been exposed to the virus in Ireland are first assessed over the phone rather than in person, in order to reduce the spread.
The health ministry last month launched a recruitment campaign to help staff deal with the crisis and urged all healthcare professionals who are not already working in the public health service to register to be on call.
The country reported 390 new cases of coronavirus Sunday with a total of 4,994 confirmed cases and 158 deaths.