Parents are being warned not take children trick-or-treating if they have any Covid-19 symptoms amid growing concerns over infections among five to 12-year-old.

While there is no lockdown in place and restrictions are significantly lower than this time last year when guising was banned, parents are being asked to remain vigilant and make sensible decisions when it comes to Halloween celebrations.

Adults and children are urged to keep taking the necessary precautions such as regular testing, hand washing and face masks - which might come in handier for some costumes than others.

While there is no lockdown in place and restrictions are significantly lower than this time last year when guising was banned, parents are being asked to remain vigilant and make sensible decisions when it comes to Halloween celebrations.

However despite cancelling halloween for families last year First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has stopped short of any restrictive measures this year.

But one health chief in Ireland has said there has been a significant increase in the number of young children testing positive for Covid-19 and admitted "it's not entirely clear yet" what is driving transmission in that age group.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said: "We will focus on that age group over the coming days to see if there's anything else that needs to be done over and above what's already being done.

"I think it comes back to the basic measures, people can trick or treat, things they would normally do at Halloween but maybe don't do it every day over the weekend."

Dr Glynn advised parents not meet in big groups and take "basic precautions".

He added: "Maybe don't meet up with multiple groups of children over the weekend and the core and key message and it will mean some children are very disappointed, but if you have a sick child then please isolate them and don't let them mix with other children.

"It's not a message that any of us want to be giving or a message parents want to hear but we do need to take the basic precautions.

"If your children are going on playdates or engaging in sport, think about all of the other activities they're engaging in and just see do they need to be engaging in everything that they're engaging in, given how high incidence is in the country at the moment."

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