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Almost 1,000 new Covid cases in 24 hours as NI situation ‘worsening at an alarming rate’

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There have been almost 1,000 new Covid-19 cases reported in Northern Ireland in a situation described as “worsening at an alarming rate” by the Deputy First Minister.

A total of 923 cases were reported in the last 24 hours after 5,783 people were tested for the coronavirus.

It brings the seven day total to 4,674 and has resulted in one further death in that time.

In the last week, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon has seen 301 cases while there have been 581 reported in Newry, Mourne and Down.

The number of people admitted to hospital because of the virus has risen to 120, with 15 of those in intensive care units.

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said she and First Minister Arlene Foster have asked for “an urgent conversation” with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“As joint heads of government we have asked again for an urgent conversation with Boris Johnson,” said Ms O’Neill.

“It is clear that our situation is worsening at an alarming rate. We are past the point of warnings. We need financial support for families, workers and businesses immediately.”

The Executive is meeting today to consider approving heavier fines for breaches of coronavirus laws.

This means, minimum fines in Northern Ireland could rise from £60 to £200.

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