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Divided we fall on travel rules: Warning all-Ireland policy needed to prevent Covid surge

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Part of the border between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland near the town of Clones. (Niall Carson/PA)

Part of the border between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland near the town of Clones. (Niall Carson/PA)

Professor Gabriel Scally

Professor Gabriel Scally

Part of the border between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Co Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland near the town of Clones. (Niall Carson/PA)

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should implement the same quarantine rules or risk a second Covid-19 surge, an expert has warned.

Professor Gabriel Scally is a member of the independent 'Sage' group of experts. It is separate to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) which advises the government on health matters.

He said every effort must be put in place now to halt the rise in Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland, as official figures revealed another nine people here have tested positive for the virus.