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Donegal / Derry cross border Covid response 13.05.21

STRONG partnership working, sharing information and joined up messaging are key to driving down Covid-19 numbers across the North West. This was the message from An Cathaoirleach of Donegal and the Mayor of Derry City at a meeting to discuss the Covid-19 response in the region.
The meeting of the Donegal and Derry councils, which was held on Tuesday evening, was co-chaired by Cllr Rena Donaghey and Cllr Brian Tierney. It was set up to discuss the cross border approach to the Covid-19 rates across the North West.

Those attending the meeting were provided with details of the current Covid-19 infection rates across their respective council areas and heard about the proactive work being done by both councils to support the statutory agencies in responding to the pandemic and how they are adapting services and providing support as the region reopens at the varying stages of recovery.

While concern was expressed at the high infection rate in both areas, there was general acknowledgement that compliance was high with the majority of the public adhering to the guidelines and taking all the necessary steps in order to keep each other safe.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney and An Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Rena Donaghey.
An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Rena Donaghey said: ďWe are a region that relies on one another. We have strong family and business connections and our lives are intertwined in everything that we do. It is important therefore in the days ahead and coming weeks and that we avoid attributing blame but work together towards a common goal of protecting our communities from this virus. The people of Donegal, Derry and Strabane are one community, we look out for one another and support one another. Letís continue to do that and work together to keep each other safe so that we can look forward to a better future for all of us.Ē

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney said: ďThe people of the North West have been amazing throughout this pandemic. They have rallied around one another and supported each other in difficult times. However, itís important that we understand that Covid hasnít gone away Ė itís still here and itís still spreading. Itís still important that we donít let our guard down that we continue to look out for one another. There are small things we can do to protect each other Ė when we are out walking and see friends we must stand back and keep a distance, when we are going to the shops we must remember to take our face masks and our hand sanitiser and give other customers some space.Ē
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