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NI minister asks Government to prevent non-essential cross-border travel

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The Northern Ireland Health Minister has written to the Irish Government asking it to do all it can to prevent non-essential cross-border travel, as restrictions on inter-county travel here are lifted on Monday.

Robin Swann said he's concerned that cross border interactions, for things like shopping and socialising, could fuel a fresh increase in community transmission of Covid-19 in the Republic and the North.

In a letter to Stephen Donnelly seen by RTÉ News, Minister Swann said while he looks forward to a time when cross border activities can resume, "we are not there yet".

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