Northern Ireland will announce extensive new Covid-19 bans to try to control the outbreak rate of the infection.
These arrangements have the potential to add a lot of business and school closures and new carbuses to the accumulation over several weeks as part of a partial lockdown.
The plan is expected to be unveiled in a statement at Stermont’s executive branch meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The seven-day number of infections per 100,000 people in Northern Ireland is 334, one of the highest in Europe. The rate is 970 per 100,000 people in the Derry City and Strauben Council areas.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health reported seven deaths and a further 863 infections. There have been 6,266 new records of the virus in the last seven days, a total increase since the epidemic began at 21,898.
The Belfast Health Trust on Tuesday canceled 105 elective surgeries due to covid-related stress, saying it had reached a “trigger point” in admitting patients to intensive care.
Of the 150 people treated at the hospital for coronavirus, 23 were in intensive care and 15 were on ventilators. More than 30 nurses became self-isolated due to the outbreak of Kovid-19 in two hospitals run under the North Health and Social Services Trust.
In a video posted overnight, First Minister Orlene Foster said the new government would make efforts in the region to provide financial assistance to those affected by the restrictions. The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party indicated that schools would be closed for a short spell.
“Ministers are elected for decision-making and decision-making, and one of the things we feel most passionate about DUP is education and the life prospects of our young people,” Foster said. “Therefore, it is important that we do not have long-term closures in our schools and this is something that we feel very strongly about.
“We need to scale our healthcare in the coming days, we need to continue to look for a modern, strong, advanced healthcare and we also know that everything we set up will be for a limited time only.”
Michelle O’Neill, deputy first minister and deputy leader of Sinn F ফin, said the executive would try to push for this. “We know it’s tough,” he said.
There was a sharp back-to-back shake-up of the power-sharing executive on Tuesday night, prompting the DUP to jump on the bandwagon to demand a “circuit breaker” lockdown. One key compromise was that schools would be closed for two weeks and businesses in some sectors, including hospitality, would be closed for longer.
Michael McBride, chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, and Ian Young, chief scientific adviser, have suggested locking Northern Ireland for four to six weeks. This region has loose barriers compared to many places in the UK.
Authorities in the Republic of Ireland will face pressure to mirror Northern Ireland’s new restrictions in Border County.