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Coronavirus: NI increases ventilators to 165 as first Nightingale Hospital announced

The Department of Health will be designating Belfast City Hospital’s tower block as Northern Ireland’s first Nightingale Hospital – for the anticipated surge of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care in the weeks ahead. This will be a 230-bed regional facility staffed by a team drawn from across Northern Ireland.     Surge plans also include […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Two more deaths takes grim NI total to 30

Coronavirus has claimed more lives in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours. According to the Public Health Agency, another two people have sadly passed away.     Both tested positive for Covid-19. As of this morning, Wednesday 1 April, testing has resulted in 103 new positive cases. This brings the total number of confirmed […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Construction companies “must comply with PHA guidelines”

Finance Minister Conor Murphy today talked about the importance of the construction sector and reliefs available for suppliers impacted by Covid-19. Commenting on the challenges for suppliers, Conor Murphy told Newry Times, “The current outbreak of Covid-19 is unprecedented and will have a significant impact on businesses of all sizes.     “Many suppliers to […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Minister pays tribute to energy sector workers

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has thanked workers across the energy sector in Northern Ireland for continuing to deliver for the community. Speaking to Newry Times, the Minister said, “Northern Ireland’s energy workers are part of the unseen workforce at the frontline in this crisis.     “Turning on the heating, flicking a light switch and […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: New ‘clustering’ guidance published for schools

Schools have been issued with guidance on clustering to ensure there are sustainable arrangements and sufficient places for vulnerable children and the children of key workers during the Covid-19 crisis. The guidance, which has been developed by the Department of Education and its education partners, is intended for those schools which wish to work together […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Emergency dental clinics to be set up in NI

Emergency dental clinics are being set up across the five health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland. These clinics will see only those with urgent dental needs and patients will have to be referred by their local dentist.     These clinics are being set up in response to the coronavirus (CoVID-19) situation as […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Temporary change to carrier bag law announced

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots has announced a temporary change to carrier bag regulations in a bid to stem the spread of Covid-19. With immediate effect, carrier bags used by retailers to deliver groceries directly via home delivery services will be free of charge.     The amendment to the […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Taxi drivers hit by Covid-19 “need support”

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has said taxi drivers cannot be left behind during this period of uncertainty as a result of the COVID19 crisis. Speaking to Newry Times, the Newry and Armagh MLA said, “Taxi drivers across the north have faced a massive drop in demand due to the coronavirus and are feeling the […]

Coronavirus: What are your consumer rights?

The Consumer Council has launched a dedicated website that provides a variety of helpful information for consumers in Northern Ireland who may have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The website, which is updated daily with new content, covers topics such as:     Travel (including cancelled flights, ferries, public transport and package holidays); Home […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 3,000 NI Covid-19 deaths in 20 weeks a ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’

The crucial importance of social distancing in NI has been graphically brought home by local modelling data on Covid-19 Health Minister Robin Swann has set out key findings of an expert NI modelling study, which will inform intensive hospital planning for the forthcoming surge in Covid-19 cases.     “In summary, the research indicates that […]


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