PHASED EXIT FROM COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IN NORTH OVER NEXT FEW MONTHS

14 May 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

The Northern Ireland Executive has published a five-point plan for a phased exit from Covid-19 restrictions. It was released at Stormont on Tuesday by the First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill as the official coronavirus death toll in the North rose to 449 and the number of positive cases reached 4253. Fermanagh and Omagh is the Council area least affected, with 78 Covid- 19 cases and 10 deaths, while Belfast is the area most affected by the virus. Unlike the phased recovery plan on this side of the border, the blueprint for NI does not include projected dates.

The Executive said it would be led by the science and not by “a calendar setting artificial deadlines.” Nothing will change immediately, and the current lockdown will remain in place until at least 28th May. First Minister Arlene Foster said she hoped Northern Ireland would reach the final phase of its gradual return to a new normality by December. Movement between each of the five stages would depend on progress in reducing….

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