Nightclubs in Northern Ireland to shut as covid cases surge – ‘Hugely challenging’

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Nightclubs in Northern Ireland to shut as covid cases surge – ‘Hugely challenging’

Over 3,000 daily cases were recorded in Northern Ireland yesterday, the highest since the start of the pandemic.Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Ne

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Over 3,000 daily cases were recorded in Northern Ireland yesterday, the highest since the start of the pandemic.Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill told a news conference that the new Omicron variant will become dominant in the next few days. 

She said: “As the situation stands today, and it is an ever-changing situation, Omicron already accounts for 40% of our COVID-19 cases and it will become the dominant strain within a matter of days.”

Ms O’Neill also warned the “scale of transmission” will be “hugely challenging” and is set to create “significant pressures” on healthcare.

Stormont has also banned indoor dancing and standing events from 6am on Boxing Day.

People are being asked to limit social mixing to a maximum of three households from 27 December.

The rule of six has also returned for indoor hospitality.

Employees are being asked to work from home where possible while businesses should take reasonable measures to achieve two metre social distancing.

Regular workplace testing will be encouraged and rules on face covering are due to be strengthened.

First Minister Paul Givan said that 53 percent of eligible adults have now received their booster shots, equating to around 750,000 people. 

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However, they are developing a financial support package for businesses affected by the restrictions.



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