NI extends coronavirus lockdown – it will stay in place for further three weeks
Northern Ireland‘s coronavirus lockdown is to be extended until 9 May, Arlene Foster has said. The first minister outlined how the executive had taken its decision after a lengthy meeting on Wednesday.
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said now was the time to “dig in, to stay strong and save lives”.
The announcement came as six more people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland. They died in hospital in the past 24 hours.
It brings the number of hospital deaths in NI to 140.
Since Tuesday, there have been 121 new confirmed cases – the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland is 2,088, with 13,672 individuals tested.
The first minister said as Northern Ireland remained in the first wave of the virus, it was important to do “everything we can to reduce the peak”.
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