Coronavirus: Emergency Newry Council meeting scheduled as 11 new cases confirmed

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Sunday, March 15th, 2020
Community, Coronavirus, News

SDLP Group Leader Pete Byrne has welcomed an agreement to call an emergency meeting of Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

He was speaking after the latest update on coronavirus (Covid-19) confirmed that there was 11 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 45.



Speaking to Newry Times, local SDLP Councillor Pete Byrne said, “Given the widespread anxiety amongst the general public, Council will be convened on Monday 16 March for an emergency meeting.

“I have spoken with the Group leaders of Sinn Fein, UUP and DUP regarding future steps that Council can take to combat the spread of COVID-19.

He added, “We will discuss all steps possible and work collectively to ensure staff are supported in any decision taken.”



As of 2pm today, Sunday 15 March, testing resulted in 11 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 45.

People with mild symptoms – new persistent cough and/or fever – should stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.

They will not require testing.



Protocols on case reporting are being updated.

Further information will be provided shortly, the Department of Health said.

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE

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