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Northern Ireland Extends COVID-19 Lockdown To March 5

Northern Ireland Extends COVID-19 Lockdown To March 5

The British region of Northern Ireland on Thursday extended its COVID19 lockdown for an additional four weeks to March 5 and its deputy first minister said the measures might have to be extended again.

DUBLIN: The British region of Northern Ireland on Thursday extended its COVID-19 lockdown for an additional four weeks to March 5 and its deputy first minister said the measures might have to be extended again.

Northern Ireland introduced a six-week lockdown on Dec. 26, closing schools, non-essential shops, bars and restaurants.

“It’s an additional four weeks and there may well be something beyond that,” Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill told a press briefing.

O’Neill said the measures would be reviewed on Feb. 18 and it was possible they would be extended until Easter, which falls in early April.

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first published:January 21, 2021, 22:33 IST