North Ireland set to impose ' signal breaker' lockdown for four weeks

Northern Ireland is set to become the very first full region of the UK in order to impose a “circuit breaker” lockdown.

Tighter restrictions is going to be in place for four weeks – along with schools closing for two of them, Skies News understands.

Based on the PA news agency, the new procedures will mean pubs and restaurants need to close, with the exception of takeaways.

Image: On Wednesday, Northern Ireland reported seven individuals had died with COVID-19

PA said closures of hospitality outlets would start on Friday 16 October, as well as other measures from Monday 19 Oct.

Current restrictions upon household mixing were expected to stay unchanged. Retail outlets are expected to remain open up, as well as churches and gyms just for individual training.

First Minister Arlene Foster will address the Stormont Assembly later today, following a conference of the Stormont executive that prolonged into the early hours of this early morning.

After the executive conference concluded, Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill tweeted to say “painstaking consideration” had been given to the “next steps”.

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She wrote: “We know this really is hard and that people will be concerned about their livelihoods, but we will perform everything we possibly can to make sure you will find protections in place for businesses, employees and families. ”

Earlier, Mrs Foster also promised to support businesses and individuals impacted by the new measures, saying: “For people who will be impacted by any restrictions that people agree, we will stand with you, and we’ll help you and financially support you the best way we can. ”

Upon Tuesday, Northern Ireland reported 7 more people had died along with COVID-19 and 863 new infections have been confirmed. These infections are amongst 6, 286 new cases within the last seven days, bringing the total to twenty one, 898.

There were a hundred and fifty people in hospital with the disease, including 23 in intensive treatment.

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Starmer calls for ‘circuit break’ in England

It comes right after Sir Keir Starmer, Labour Celebration leader, called for the two to three-week “circuit breaker” lockdown in England as he accused the government of having “lost control” of the coronavirus pandemic.

Liberal Democrats leader Friend Ed Davey told Sky Information his party would back Labour’s call.

And Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford informed Times Radio he was “very actively” considering a “short, sharpened intervention” in the country and the Welsh govt was “working hard at that will detail”.