‘Get back to basics’ to fight Covid-19, urges Trust chief

The Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has urged the public to “get back to basics” to drive down the local Covid-19 infection rate.

Saturday, 30th January 2021, 12:00 pm

Earlier this week the Southern Trust’s Chief Executive, Shane Devlin dubbed the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area the “epicentre” of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday, January 27 there were 12,867 people with Covid-19 within the borough – an increase of 96 on Tuesday’s figure and the highest overnight increase in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Trust’s board, Mr Devlin spoke passionately about the situation and told those in attendance that if everyone within the Southern Trust area was following the guidance, the situation would be better.

Shane Devlin, Southern Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive.

“Essentially the reality is, if everyone was washing their hands, socially distancing, wearing a face mask and following all guidance, I think we would be in a much better position,” said Mr Devlin.

“My message to the public is a simple one, it is the same core message as it has always been.

“Socially distance, wear a face mask, wash your hands and follow the guidance.

“If everyone did those things our rates would be lower. That is as simple as it gets.

“Please, get back to basics – wash your hands, wear a face mask socially distance and follow the guidance.”