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Dr Tony Holohan, the Republic's chief medical officer, said the rise in Covid-19 infections in border counties is not likely to have been caused by a "spillover" from Northern Ireland.

Dr Tony Holohan, the Republic's chief medical officer, said the rise in Covid-19 infections in border counties is not likely to have been caused by a "spillover" from Northern Ireland.

Dr Tony Holohan, the Republic's chief medical officer, said the rise in Covid-19 infections in border counties is not likely to have been caused by a "spillover" from Northern Ireland.

Contractors in the Republic are calling on the Minister for Agriculture to close down the cross-border movement of Northern Ireland-based farm contractors and their operators.

In a letter to Minister Michael Creed, the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors of Ireland (FCI) said a large number of Northern-based contractors and workers are "continuing to enter the Republic unrestricted on a daily basis and working on Irish farms, putting the health of Irish farmers and their families at significant risk and undermining the huge national Covid-19 effort".


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