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Northern Ireland the only UK nation to resist Christmas tightening

Northern Ireland the only UK nation to resist Christmas tightening

After the leaders of England, Wales and Scotland all announced a tightening of lockdown measures, Northern Ireland have stood defiant, instead planning to impose a national lockdown come Boxing Day.

First Minister Arlene Foster said;

"Significant action" had already been taken earlier this week "in advance of other regions".

However, the Northern Ireland government did urge people to;

"Think seriously about their plans for Christmas, and to now consider limiting their coming together to Christmas Day only".

This is despite the 23rd-27th December window for travel still being open.

The infection is less rampant in Northern Ireland at current than in other parts of the UK, but there are fears that the defiance of the Northern Ireland government may result in a significant spread of the virus following Christmas.

The first minister said;

"Progression of a new variant strain of Covid-19 in England is concerning, and a reminder to us all to be on our guard to the dangers of the virus.

"We urge everyone to carefully consider their plans so that they are as safe as possible, particularly for those who are more vulnerable."

 

 

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