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Covid latest Simon Coveney insists only the public can turn the tide on Covid-19 surge

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Simon Coveney (Brian Lawless/PA)

Simon Coveney (Brian Lawless/PA)

Simon Coveney (Brian Lawless/PA)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said that it is now down to the public to halt the spread of Covid-19. 

The Minister insisted that the Government has done everything in its power to turn the tide on the spread of the lethal virus.

He said that the decision to introduce Level 4 restrictions in three border counties, and banning household visits for the rest of the country, was not taken lightly.

But he claimed that it was now up to the public to stop the spread of the virus - as the Cabinet has done everything it can to halt this second wave.

“The Taoiseach was right last night, this may get worse before it gets better,” he told Morning Ireland.

“People need to think carefully about how they respond to the challenges that the Government is putting to the public in terms of adherence to the new regulations.

“We can turn this around collectively but there needs to be collective action.”

The new restrictions have put a premature end to the GAA club championships which were nearing completion around the country.

However, Minister Coveney confirmed that the intercounty All-Ireland competitions, which are due to kick off this Saturday, would go ahead behind closed doors.

And he also said that the six counties under the jurisdiction of the Northern Ireland Executive will be able to continue preparations for the resumption of the GAA championship this weekend.

“We do have concerns in relating to sporting fixtures and that's why we have removed the exemption that would allow club championships to proceed, they now can’t proceed.

“The only sporting fixtures that we are going to see will be high level, intercounty sport, behind closed doors.

“And managed very carefully by the sporting organisations that are responsible.”

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