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Covid at Garda HQ Garda Commissioner Drew Harris restricting his movements after meeting with an individual who has tested positive for Covid-19

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GARDA Commissioner Drew Harris has tested negative for Covid-19 but has to restrict his movements after taking part in a meeting with an individual who has since tested positive.

The Commissioner is currently restricting his movements but still carrying out his duties.

A garda spokesman told Sundayworld.com: “Following a socially distant meeting late last week with a person who a few days later tested positive for COVID-19, Commissioner Harris was tested for COVID-19 at the weekend. The test was negative.

“In line with public health guidelines, since being informed of this close contact the Commissioner has been restricting his movements, but continues to carry out his duties.

“Public health advice was also followed at this meeting in relation to use of masks and hand sanitiser.”

Meanwhile, gardai say separately several other gardai have had to restrict their movements after also coming into recent close contact with a confirmed case.

“Separately following being identified as ‘close contacts’ of a positive Covid-19 case a number of other members are currently ‘restricting movement’ in accordance with HSE Public Health guidelines.

“All members remain on duty working remotely.

“An Garda Síochána will not be providing commentary on the individual status of any members of An Garda Síochána or individual Garda stations/ sections.

“An individual member’s medical condition is private information to them. There is currently no impact on any services of An Garda Síochána.

“An Garda Síochána will provide necessary information on our service capability if necessary.”

The development comes after it emerged yesterday that a number of Kerry-based Gardaí are having to self-isolate as a precautionary measure after a positive Covid-19 test following a special training course.

Gardaí insisted that the self-isolation of a number of officers has had no impact on policing within Kerry or the conduct of duties in relation to Operation Fanacht.

The training course, which was staged in a Killarney hotel, was attended by a number of officers involved in road traffic policing.

It is understood that up to 30 officers were involved in the entire training programme.

One individual involved in the course has subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.

The individual is not seriously ill.

As a precautionary measure, those who were in proximity to the individual have been asked to self-isolate as a precautionary measure.

A number of gardaí are now undergoing precautionary Covid-19 testing.

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