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Sunday 22 Mar 2020
Northern Ireland stars urge young people to follow rules as Covid-19 spreads

Northern Ireland players are supporting a social media campaign by the NHS aimed at getting young people here to act responsibly during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Health Service believes many young people in Northern Ireland are still not grasping the severity of the situation as Covid-19 spreads across the country.

“We are at an absolutely crucial point in this crisis and they still aren’t listening,” said a spokesperson.

“Some young people are still heading out and gathering together as if it’s school holidays and by doing so are accelerating the spread of this virus.”  

The NHS has asked social media influencers, sports stars and TV and radio personalities in Northern Ireland to reach out to young people and encourage them to support the fightback against coronavirus by following three simple rules.

Several members of the Northern Ireland squad have joined the campaign by creating and uploading social media posts to urge young people to embrace the following message: stay at home, wash your hands regularly and keep your distance.  

“Young people need to realise that they can be instrumental in helping us fight back. Through this campaign we will hopefully see fewer people out on our streets and a slowdown on the number of life-threatening cases in our communities,” the spokesperson added. 

The hashtag for the campaign is #FightBack.