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What Are the Consequences When Political Leaders Violate COVID-19 Health Regulations?

by Cédric Ayisa - October 16, 2020   100 Views   8 min
What Are the Consequences When Political Leaders Violate COVID-19 Health Regulations?

Claim

EU Trade Commissioner resigned after being accused of violating COVID-19 health rules in Ireland

Verdict

Accurate (supported by evidence and facts; acceptable margin of error)

At the end of August 2020, an article in the newspaper Le Figaro reported that Phil Hogan, the European Trade Commissioner resigned "after being accused of violating anti-coronavirus health rules in Ireland by attending a gala dinner". This statement is accurate.

What happened?

The information reported by Le Figaro first appeared in the newspaper Irish Examiner. The publication of this information caused a scandal now called #GolfGate. It is mentioned in the Irish newspaper that on August 19, 2020, Mr. Phil Hogan attended a dinner for more than 80 people, organized for the 50th anniversary of the Irish Parliament Golf Club. The event came one day after the Irish authorities tightened measures against Covid-19 because of the increase in the number of cases. Government rules limited indoor gatherings, such as this one, to six people, and the maximum number of people around a table must also be six. As of August 30, there were 28,579 confirmed cases and 1,777 deaths. And as of October 15, up to 50 patrons are permitted and in pods or groups of up to 6 if appropriate, with arrangements to ensure no intermingling of groups. Currently there are 45,243 confirmed cases and 1,835 deaths.

Before the dinner, Hogan had ended his 14-day quarantine after arriving in Ireland because he had...

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