Category archives for: Coronavirus

Follow Newry Times’ coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. We will keep you updated with all news and events in relation to the virus on this page.

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 12 more deaths takes NI total to 48

Another 12 people in Northern Ireland have died after testing positive for Covid-19. The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 48.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 626 tests have been carried out. Out of those 626 people tested, 130 people tested positive.     […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Belfast Zoo comes to you

Belfast Zoo is helping to spread some positivity and coming to you through the world of social media while it is temporarily closed to the public due to Covid-19. The dedicated zoo team are providing regular updates so you don’t miss out on the animal antics, and posting them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Screens to be fitted for bus driver’s protection

Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has said that Translink drivers will now be provided with buses that have perspex screens fitted for their health and wellbeing protection. Speaking to Newry Times, the local Sinn Féin MLA explained, “I had been contacted by Translink Bus drivers locally at the start of the week who have […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister acknowledges public frustration on testing and PPE issues

Health Minister Robin Swann has acknowledged the scale of staff and public frustration on the issues of testing and personal protective equipment (PPE). The Minister also emphasised that “every conceivable effort” is being made to improve both situations. “I can assure staff and the wider public that these two issues are receiving absolute priority,” he […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Daisy Hill Hospital’s maternity services “will continue” during pandemic

The Health and Social Care (HSC) system has published a further element of its planning for the expected surge in increasing numbers of Covid-19 patients. This part of the plan involves protecting children’s and maternity services while releasing bed space to contribute to the overall surge response.     It complements the critical care surge […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Health Secretary sets out plan to carry out 100,000 tests a day

The UK will carry out 100,000 tests for Coronavirus every day by the end of this month, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged. Increased testing for the NHS will form part of a new 5-pillar plan, bringing together government, industry, academia, the NHS and many others, to dramatically increase the number of tests being carried […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Danske Bank cancels interest on overdrafts for personal customers

Danske Bank has become the first of the main local banks to expand its support for personal customers in need of immediate assistance during the coronavirus crisis by removing the interest charged on overdrafts for three months. This change is expected to benefit up to 86,000 personal customers who may be suffering from financial hardship […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Six more deaths takes NI total to 36

Another 6 people in Northern Ireland have died after testing positive for Covid-19. The total of deaths in the country has now risen to 36.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 449 tests have been carried out. Out of those 449 people tested, 85 people tested positive.     […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Rural Community Transport “providing crucial service during crisis”

Local Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has commended her local community transport group for providing an essential service during the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “Newry and Mourne Community Transport already provides a key service in normal circumstances by tackling social isolation and providing equal access to vital […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: All hospital staff “must be fitted for appropriate PPE”

Alliance Health Spokesperson Paula Bradshaw has said that all hospital staff must be fitted for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as Northern Ireland’s first Nightingale Hospital opens in Belfast. Speaking to Newry Times, the South Belfast MLA said, “The conversion of the main tower at the City Hospital to a ‘Nightingale’ facility is a necessary […]


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