Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11.09 21 Mar 2020


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Health Minister Simon Harris has appealed to people to reach out to each other this weekend.

He said although social distancing must happen, we can still keep in touch.

It comes after another 102 people tested positive for the coronavirus here on Saturday, bringing the total to 785.

People are being encouraged to keep in contact with loved ones without seeing them.

On Instagram, Minister Harris wrote: "Let’s be kind to each other this weekend - let’s look out for each[other] .

"Keep our physical distance but still be there for each other.

"Just some rambling thoughts from me this Saturday morning. In this together!".

He is attending several meetings Saturday at the Department of Health on the coronavirus.

In a video message, he said: "We're going to do everything we possibly can to slow down the spread of COVID-19, and we all need to work on this together.

"But I'm also conscious that this is a time where there's great anxiety in our country.

"People are feeling great stress, great worry and perhaps loneliness.

"It's really important if we're to get through this difficult time as a country that we do everything we can to support each other, and quite frankly to be kind to each other.

"So this Saturday morning as you're perhaps considering what you're going to do with your day, can I suggest we all do a couple of things.

"Pick up the phone and ring a relative: ring your mom, your dad, your granny, your grandad.

"Just because you can't be physically close to each other doesn't mean we can't keep in touch".

He added: "I'm also hearing from people around the country that lots of people are now baking and cooking food and leaving it on neighbour's doors[step].

"I'm not very good at cooking, but maybe you are.

"So if you've a few minutes today perhaps do that... perhaps particularly do that for somebody who might be alone, mightn't be able to get to the shops".

He also reminded those off school that "this isn't the summer holidays".

"But as you know tomorrow is Mother's Day - so why not use some of your time today to make a Mother's Day card, let your mom know how much she means to you, how much you love her, and think of something you can do around the house tomorrow to help her".

"So we got to keep our physical distance absolutely - but that doesn't mean we can't be helpful to each other".

 

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