DUP Health Spokesperson and Deputy Chair of the Health Committee Pam Cameron MLA has called on the Irish Government to immediately follow the restrictions implemented by the United Kingdom on travel from Denmark due to a new strain of the Coronavirus. The matter was raised by Mrs Cameron and Jonathan Buckley MLA in a point of order within the Assembly chamber.
Commenting, Mrs Cameron said:
"The UK has rightly taken the tough decision to temporarily close our borders to Denmark. Health authorities there have reported widespread outbreaks of coronavirus in mink farms. There is also evidence of the disease then spreading to some local communities.
It is important and necessary that we take steps to protect our population from any potential threat from this new strain of Covid-19. The onus now is on the Republic of Ireland's Government to also take this precautionary and responsible step.’’
Upper Bann DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley, who is also a member of the Committee, added:
‘‘The Irish Government should follow the lead of the United Kingdom on this matter until more definitive information on the concerning new Danish outbreaks is obtained. In the meantime, Northern Ireland bound travellers from airports or ports in the Republic of Ireland must be made fully aware of the safety measures in place.
I know the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Ministers will be working closely with their counterparts elsewhere in the UK and in Dublin and those discussions must continue as we seek to mitigate any risk moving forward."