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.

COVID-19: Public urged to help in search for coronavirus vaccine

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People living in Northern Ireland are being urged to help in the search for a vaccine for COVID-19, by signing up to the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry.     The new vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people to be recruited into trials over the coming months, potentially leading to an effective […]

Current Northern Ireland ‘R number’ estimate published

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The Department of Health continues to publish the Covid-19 reproduction number on a weekly basis.     The current estimate of R is 1.2 – 2.0 This means R is likely to be around 1.6 at present.     R represents the number of individuals who, on average, will be infected by a single person […]

Public urged to ‘Wear one for everyone’ as face coverings become mandatory

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Shoppers legally required to wear face coverings from Monday 10 August 2020.   Embed from Getty Images   The Northern Ireland Executive has urged the public to ‘Wear one for everyone’ after face coverings became mandatory this week. The legislation applies to certain indoor settings, including shops.     In a joint statement, the Executive […]

Swann urges people to remain on high alert

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Health Minister Robin Swann has urged people across Northern Ireland to remain on high alert against COVID-19.     The Minister was commenting after his Department’s COVID-19 data dashboard recorded a death for the first time in almost a month.     The dashboard also reported 76 new cases since Friday. The number of people […]

COVID-19: Health Minister announces initiatives on Day Surgery and Orthopaedics

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Health Minister Robin Swann has announced important initiatives to support the rebuilding of hospital services while protecting patients and staff from COVID-19.     The plans will see Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn becoming the location for Northern Ireland’s first Day Procedure Centre.     It will become a hub for less complex planned (elective) […]

COVID-19: Cover up to show you care, says Health Minister Swann

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“Wearing face coverings in shops will show people who have been shielding that we care.”     Speaking ahead of shielding being paused from this Friday, 31 July Health Minister Robin Swann said, “It has been a long road for those who have been shielding at home because their medical condition placed them at particular […]

Newry Eat Out to Help Out scheme: Look for the logo

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More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – and a new official Government online finder is available to help diners locate them.     Eat Out to Help Out stickers and posters will start to appear in the windows of […]

COVID-19: Rolling testing programme for care homes

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Health Minister Robin Swann has announced a rolling programme of Covid-19 testing in Northern Ireland’s care homes.   Embed from Getty Images   This will involve regular testing for all residents and staff in homes which do not have a confirmed outbreak of the virus.     It will commence on Monday 3 August 2020 […]

Health Minister highlights danger of fake and unlicensed COVID-19 medicines

Health Minister Robin Swann has warned of the danger of using unlicensed prescription medicines for the treatment of Covid-19.     The Minister said, “My Department’s Medicines Regulatory Group has been made aware that unlicensed anti-viral drugs have been illegally imported into Northern Ireland.     “This fake medicine claims to be for the treatment […]

£4m support package Creative Support Fund announced

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Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has today announced the Creative Support Fund will reopen on 31 July with a £4m support package for the arts, creative industries and cultural sector.     Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “Today I am announcing further details on the opening of a £4 million funding package designed […]


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