Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Gevan has confirmed that Northern Ireland will not change its coronavirus regulations over the Christmas period, while stressing that there are no plans to make such changes.
However, Gevan stressed that the new restrictions imposed in Ireland could lead to more people traveling across the border while emphasizing that the government needs to “properly engage and communicate” with the executive regarding changes to its regulations, Breaking reports News, SchengenVisaInfo. com reports.
According to figures published by the World Health Organization (WHO), Ireland has recorded more than 610,800 cases of COVID-19 and 5,780 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The same shows that in the past seven days, a total of 32,791 people have tested positive for the virus, while 81 people have died in Ireland.
Recently, authorities in Ireland identified six cases of COVID-19 Omicron infection.
Such numbers prompted the authorities to impose stricter entry rules in order to deal with the current epidemiological situation.
Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has confirmed that since 5 December all people arriving in Ireland from other regions must submit a negative coronavirus test result.
In addition, Irish authorities are now requiring people planning to enter Ireland from Great Britain to take a COVID-19 antigen test every day for five consecutive days, upon entry, in an effort to stop the virus from spreading further.
Asked whether the current preventive measures and restrictions that are in place are sufficient, Jeevan stressed that politicians are following the recommendations of health officials.
“Directional travel in England and Scotland moves at a different pace in Northern Ireland, so our health advice we have is that the current measures are enough to get us through that Christmas period,” Gevan noted.
He emphasized that there are no plans to make changes in the lead-up to Christmas and during that time period.
Additionally, Jeevan stressed that the authorities want to keep things open and do things in a safe manner.
“People should continue to make their plans now and in the lead-up to Christmas, but do so safely and follow public health advice about it,” he noted.
Despite the fact that Ireland’s first minister stressed that there would be no changes to COVID-19 regulations over the Christmas period, Northern Ireland’s chief medical officer, Sir Michael McBride, said some restrictions such as social distancing might be necessary to introduce them in January. .