18/03/2020

Latest Coronavirus Figures Emerge

A further six coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland as the first and deputy First Ministers call for a "whole of society" approach.

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill say measures to support and protect the general public will only be effective if everyone follows health advice.

The new cases bring totals to 68. A total of 1,482 people have been tested.

People with mild symptoms, mainly a new persistent cough and/or a fever, should stay at home and self-isolate.

These individuals do not require testing and will therefore not be included in testing totals.

Northern Ireland's joint heads of government gave an update into measures to tackle the impact of the virus following a meeting of representatives from the executive departments, health and social care, local government and blue light responders.
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Ms Foster said: "This is a rapidly evolving crisis and we are working collectively to ensure we are as prepared as we can be for what is coming down the tracks. The Executive will do everything possible to bring forward measures to support and protect people. But we can't do it alone; our plans and preparations will only be effective if everybody follows the public health advice and is mindful of the needs and safety of others."

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill added: "Covid-19 is not just a public health issue; it's a societal and economic crisis without precedent in our time. The effects of this disease will be felt right across our society so it's important that we work in partnership to protect the vulnerable and do everything possible to support our front line services; our workers; and our businesses.

"This is only the beginning and there will be many difficult days and weeks ahead. These are exceptional circumstances that require a monumental response from government and our communities."



(JG/CM)

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