A new survey of people living in Direct Provision has found that just over half of respondents said they did not feel safe where they are living during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study, carried out by the Irish Refugee Council, also reports that 50% were unable to socially distance from others.

There are around 7,700 people in Direct Provision, and 418 of them took part in the survey.

According to the survey, 42% of respondents shared a room with a person who was not a member of their family.

The last few weeks has seen a renewed focus on Direct Provision accommodation with 21 recent outbreaks of Covid-19 involving 235 cases.

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