CMOs in Republic and North raise concerns about Delta variant

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The two Chief Medical Officers on the island of Ireland have asked people to continue to follow public health advice amid growing concerns about the Delta variant in Ireland.

Following a meeting between the two CMOs yesterday, Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Michael McBride asked those who are crossing the border in the coming days to be alert to the COVID situation in the relevant local areas.

They urged the public to avoid activities which could place them or their families at risk of COVID-19 infection.

“Now is a time for continued caution in order to maintain the progress made to date in each jurisdiction, until more people are fully vaccinated,” said the two Chief Medical Officers in a joint statement.

“People who are not yet protected through vaccination should remain extra vigilant, avoid crowds or large events, meet up with others outdoors where possible and come forward for testing if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19.”