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Health expert downplays risks of infection following large funeral in Carrick-On-Shannon

Jan 28, 2021 13:01 By Shannonside News
Health expert downplays risks of infection following large funeral in Carrick-On-Shannon Health expert downplays risks of infection following large funeral in Carrick-On-Shannon
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A public health expert has downplayed the infection risks posed by a large gathering at a funeral in Leitrim yesterday.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a member of the Travelling Community in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday afternoon in contravention of current covid-19 health restrictions.

Dr Anthony Staines, a Professor of Health Systems with DCU, says while groups should not be gathering at all, gatherings outside pose less of a risk transmitting the virus.

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A policing plan was put in place and Gardai monitored the situation throughout the afternoon, with no public order breaches reported.

Pavee Point has issued a statement condemning the breach in health guidelines, with Co-Director Martin Collins urging the community to 'put their shoulder to the wheel' and follow the guidelines.

According to Dr Staines, it's important to understand how different settings affect your risk of contracting Covid-19:

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