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SDLP's Nichola Mallon tells of fears for mum in Covid-19 restrictions plea

Stormont infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon. Picture by Mark Marlow
Brendan Hughes

A Stormont minister has spoken of her fears for her mother during the Covid-19 pandemic in a personal plea for people to follow new restrictions.

Infrastructure minister Nichola Mallon said that "we all have loved ones who are vulnerable" and the rules are intended to save lives.

The SDLP North Belfast MLA yesterday posted on Twitter a photo of her mother Ann Mallon (64), who has two children and five grandchildren.

It followed the executive announcing on Monday that localised restrictions on household gatherings were being extended across Northern Ireland.

Nichola Mallon tweeted a photo of her mother as she urged people to follow Covid-19 restrictions

Under the rules there should be no mixing of different households indoors, apart from some exceptions, and no more than six people from two households can meet in a garden.

Ms Mallon tweeted: "This is my mummy. She has underlying health conditions. If she gets coronavirus she could die.

"Restrictions aren't put in to make life awkward. It's to save lives. Lives like my mummy's, your granny's.

"We all have loved ones who are vulnerable. Please follow the restrictions."

Ms Mallon also shared a response to her message from a Twitter user who said he has been continuing to shield during the pandemic.

"I will die if I get Covid. The restrictions provide me with [a] small amount of relief. I hope everyone follows instruction," he said.

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