Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Public urged to “keep up lifesaving measures”

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

SDLP South Down MLA Colin McGrath has urged the public to continue with the difficult but important lifesaving measures, such as social distancing and staying at home. 

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McGrath also urged the Executive to step up communication with the public, so everyone clearly understands the scale of the challenge we face.

Speaking  in the Assembly, the South Down MLA said, “We are living in unimaginable times.



“This is a difficult time for people, many separated from their loved ones, and the lockdown restrictions are hard.

“However, they are necessary. We must continue to follow the medical advice and play our part by staying at home.

“Those measures have saved lives to date.



“It is essential if we are to keep fighting back against COVID-19,” he insisted.

“I took the opportunity to urge the Executive to step up communication with the public.

“It is critical that people understand why they are being asked to do what they are doing and how impactful it can be.

“I hope Executive colleagues in attendance will heed this message.

“It is vital the public are informed and that they know our approach is based on medical advice,” the local MLA continued.

“I also urged the Executive to look at international best practice, at the countries most successful at beating this virus and learn from their experience.



“It is clear we need to significantly step up our testing capacity and capability and implement a contact tracing plan.

“That is the only way we can make it out the other side of this pandemic.”

The South Down MLA added, “The most important message is to the public and it is a simple one. Please keep doing what you are doing.

“Please keep staying at home, social distancing and making these difficult sacrifices. It is hard but it is saving lives.”




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