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A number of government ministers have called an emergency meeting for Sunday due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A formal joint motion for the meeting was tabled by Attorney-General Naomi Long, Treasury Secretary Conor Murphy and Infrastructure Secretary Nichola Mallon.

Health Secretary Robin Swann also wrote a letter to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister requesting an urgent meeting.

It remains unclear whether the DUP agreed.

In a letter to the PA news agency, the three ministers expressed their concern about the more contagious variant of the coronavirus found in England.

“The speed and extent of the spread of the virus and the fact that it is happening so quickly is a concern for all of us,” they said.

“While our Executive Branch met last Thursday and made decisions earlier than others, it would be prudent for the entire Executive Branch to be informed as soon as possible by the Health Secretary and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Officer.

“We need to ensure that our regulations and restrictions for the holiday season and those agreed for the next six weeks are robust enough to protect public health in the context of these recent developments.”