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Ireland and Northern Ireland express concern over English Covid plans | Health policy

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Ireland and Northern Ireland express concern over English Covid plans |  Health policy

The leaders of Ireland and Northern Ireland have raised concerns about the UK government’s plan to remove most of England’s Covid-19 rules.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill called the plans “reckless.” The Stormont executive is expected to draw a more cautious approach to the region when it meets Thursday.

The Irish government in Dublin also raised concerns about the Downing Street strategy, saying it would affect Ireland, which is bracing for a wave of infection fueled by the Delta variant.

New Zealand authorities made their own tacit criticism on Wednesday when they said they were unwilling to emulate England and accept an increase in deaths.

Johnson announced earlier this week that his government would repeal hundreds of regulations and make England the most unfettered society in Europe as of July 19. The reopening of the so-called “big bang” is expected to continue despite warnings that daily cases in England could rise to 50,000 before masks and social distancing are removed.