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North will reach arrangement on new Covid measures today, DUP states

North will reach arrangement on new Covid measures today, DUP states
Ministers in Northern Ireland have agreed a temporary extension of the current “circuit-breaker” lockdown. It is understood the current restrictions will remain in place for an extra week, until November 20th, when close contact services and some unlicensed hospitality businesses will be allowed to reopen. All elements of hospitality, including hotels, will be allowed to…

Ministers in Northern Ireland have actually agreed a short-term extension of the current “circuit-breaker” lockdown.

It is comprehended the current restrictions will remain in place for an additional week, till November 20 th, when close contact services and some unlicensed hospitality businesses will be permitted to reopen.

All aspects of hospitality, consisting of hotels, will be allowed to open seven days later, from November 27 th.

According to Stormont sources, a majority of ministers voted to accept the compromise paper advanced by the Minister for the Economy, the DUP’s Diane Dodds.

The DUP, Alliance and Ulster Unionists chose the paper, and the SDLP abstained, while Sinn Féin voted versus. Sinn Féin had earlier backed a proposal to extend the lockdown by two weeks.

Ministers had been deadlocked over whether to extend the current limitations, which expire at midnight on Friday.

Previously, the North’s Department of Health reported 15 further Covid-19 related deaths and 548 cases of the illness.

The department stated 11 of the 15 deaths happened in the previous 24 hours, with the overall variety of deaths taped by it now at825

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The North’s hospital network was operating at 101 per cent capacity on Thursday, with seven out of 12 healthcare facilities operating above capacity. There are 435 inpatients ill with Covid-19, and 46 people are being treated in extensive care.

The typical number of favorable tests has actually fallen slightly in the last 24 hours, to 204 per 100,000 people. The infection rate is presently greatest in the Causeway Coast and Glens location of east Derry and north Antrim, which stands at 325 per 100,000

After days of political bickering at Stormont over whether Covid-19 constraints need to be extended or unwound, it was concurred that the steps would be extended for a week.

Four of the 5 celebrations in the Executive – Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Alliance and the Ulster Unionist Party – had actually backed a proposition tabled by the Minister for Health to extend the present curbs for two weeks. This was on the recommendations of the North’s Chief Medical Officer, who is comprehended to have encouraged that any easing of the restrictions would cause “excess deaths”.

However, a contentious Stormont mechanism – a cross-community vote – was utilized by the DUP to successfully veto the proposition.

Public health specialist Dr Gabriel Scally criticised the DUP’s stance on the lifting of constraints as “just terrible.”

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