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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 5 more deaths takes NI total to 78

Another 5 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have died in the last 24 hours. The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 78.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 406 tests have been carried out. Out of those 406 people tested, 84 […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health and social care arrangements over Easter

As the lockdown continues and more people spend time in their homes and gardens, the health and social care system is calling on people to be careful when carrying out DIY and gardening activities and for parents to keep an eye on their children when playing on trampolines or other play equipment. This will help […]

Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post, HMRC tells new parents

Parents of new-borns will still be able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus, HMRC announced today. Even though General Register Offices remain closed for now, parents can still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out. First-time parents will need to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Economy Minister highlights ‘alternative’ job opportunities

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has offered her support to people looking for alternative work due to the impact of COVID-19 on jobs across Northern Ireland. Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “I want to reassure businesses and workers that my department is working hard to support you through the uncertainty of the current economic […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: ‘Temporary pause’ for routine cervical and breast cancer screening

Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that a number of routine screening programmes have been paused to allow staff and resources to be reallocated to tackling Covid-19. Speaking to Newry Times, Health Minister Robin Swann said, “Covid-19 is the most serious public health emergency that Northern Ireland has ever experienced.     “Given the unprecedented […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: NI and Republic sign joint memo to battle Covid-19

A Memorandum of Understanding has been formally agreed between the Departments of Health for the Republic and Northern Ireland to underpin and strengthen North-South co-operation on the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The document, which can be found on the Department’s website, focuses on facilitating greater co-operation on areas such as public health […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health Minister visits NI’s first Nightingale Hospital

Health Minister Robin Swann has toured the facilities and met staff at Northern Ireland’s first Nightingale Hospital, in the tower block of Belfast City Hospital. The new regional unit, staffed by a team drawn from across Northern Ireland, is a key part of surge plans drawn up to cope with the expected increase in patients […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Diabetes helpline launched for Covid-19

A new Diabetes helpline and email support service has been launched in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19) by the Diabetes Network for NI. There are over 100,000 people living with diabetes across Northern Ireland and are at an increased risk of severe illness from Coronavirus.  The helpline and email support facility will provide additional clinical support […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 3 more deaths takes NI total to 73

Another 3 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have died in the last 24 hours.   The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 73.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 418 tests have been carried out. Out of those 418 people tested, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Charge removed to call 101 ‘good news’

A move by the Home Office which means that calls to the police non-emergency 101 number are free of charge has been welcomed as ‘good news’ by a senior Police Service NI officer. The single non-emergency number connects people with their local police service, or another police service in the UK.     Since introduction […]


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