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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 […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: NI “playing its part” in NHS Covid-19 clinical trials

Northern Ireland patients are being recruited to play their part in NHS clinical trials on Covid-19. The trials will include patients in primary care, hospital care and intensive care units.     Speaking to Newry Times, Health Minister Robin Swann said, “I very much welcome the fact that Northern Ireland is playing a full part […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Asda increases support for vulnerable customers

In a continued effort to help provide food for local communities and those most in need, Asda has launched a ‘volunteer shopping card’ giving those self-isolating a contact-free way to allow others to collect and pay for their weekly shop. In response to the fact many people are relying on friends, neighbours and community volunteers […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: MOT test centres to help fight COVID-19

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has now released the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) test centres, to help in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking ahead of testing beginning today at DVA’s Boucher Road in Belfast, Minister Mallon said, “It is important that we all work together in the fightback against COVID-19.     “Keeping people safe […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Arrangements with Independent hospitals to treat non-COVID patients

As part of ongoing Covid-19 Surge Planning, the Health and Social Care Board has negotiated arrangements for partnership working with the independent sector hospitals. Trusts are now accessing the independent sector hospitals to treat urgent patients (Non-COVID) across a number of elective specialities (planned treatment), while Trust hospital sites prepare to concentrate on treating patients […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: New Ad Hoc Covid-19 response committee announced

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex Maskey MLA, today announced the first meeting of a new Ad Hoc Committee set up to respond to COVID-19. The Committee’s first meeting will be in the Assembly Chamber on Tuesday, 7 April at 2.30pm when the First and deputy First Ministers will deliver a statement, followed by […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Translink’s colourful messages of hope   

Translink has jumped on-board the #ChaseTheRainbow campaign to share images of hope and solidarity with people across Northern Ireland.     From today, the public transport company will use its vehicles and billboards to display large rainbow images, a colourful display of positivity that will also include important government messaging advising people to stay home and save […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Housing Executive rent increase put on hold

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has taken urgent steps to put the Housing Executive rent increase on hold. The Housing Executive’s rent increase of 2.7% that was due to come into effect today, 6 April, will now not come into effect until 1 October 2020.     Speaking to Newry Times, Minister Deirdre Hargey said, […]

Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 7 more deaths takes NI total to 70

Another 7 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 70.     In the last 24 hours, the Public Health Agency said 254 tests have been carried out. Out of those 254 people tested, 69 […]


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