13 Aug 2022

People asked to limit cross-border journeys because of high rate of COVID-19 cases in Derry and Donegal

New restrictions brought in to try and limit spread of the disease

Bus user describes Garda inspection incident along Louth border

The event is taking place at the Donegal-Derry border

An appeal has been made for people to limit cross-border journeys because of the high rate of positive COVID-19 cases in Derry and Donegal.

Political and medical attention has been focused on the north west because of the massive spike in cases here.

New restrictions will come into force in Donegal at midnight last night.

The chief medical officers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic will speak today specifically about tackling the problem in Donegal and the border region with Derry and Tyrone.

Gardai have appealed to people to limit journeys across the border.

However, they have said that there will be no checkpoints put in place.

Donegal yesterday had the highest rate of positive COVID-19 cases in Ireland, a rate of 148.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Derry also has a very high rate - 141.4 per 100,000 people. This is the highest rate of all eleven councils in Northern Ireland.

As a result of the new restrictions in Donegal, people will be asked to only leave the county for essential journeys.

Visitors to private homes and gardens should be limited to a maximum number of six from one other household.

There are be no organised indoor gatherings and outdoor gatherings are to be limited to a maximum of 15 people.

New laws in Northern Ireland mean that no more than six people from two households will be allowed to sit at the same table in a pub or restaurant.

An announcement is expected to be made by the Northern Ireland Executive today in relation to a proposed curfew for pubs in Northern Ireland.

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