Conor McGregor has called on the military to be deployed to help enforce Ireland’s increased coronavirus lockdown.

On Friday night, the Irish government told people to stay at home for two weeks in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus. McGregor, the Dublin-born UFC star, says the police will need help ensuring people stick to it.

“If you do not enter the game, you cannot win it. We have now entered the game and with strict adherence to the methods we will win,” the 31-year-old said in a video posted on Facebook.

Conor McGregor’s video, posted on Facebook on Saturday.

“We must abide by this and I pray for the health of the country that we do so. We cannot go by chance here. I urge our government to utilise our defence forces.

“Our defence forces have been mentioned as a possibility in assisting our 15,000 available Gardai [Police] but only if necessary. However, it is necessary.

“Any less than full adherence to these newly put-forth methods by any member of our society will not only be a mockery to what we are attempting to do, it would put the rest of our great nation in danger. You are doing your country an incredible deed by staying put.”

On Friday the Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said people should stay at home for two weeks, until 12 April, in a significant tightening of curbs on social and commercial life. People will be allowed to leave home to shop for food, and to exercise briefly within 2km of their homes.

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