20 more Covid-related deaths in Northern Ireland

The Department of Health in (*20*) Ireland has reported an additional 20 coronavirus-related deaths in the previous 48 hours.

In the identical interval, 1,634 individuals have examined constructive for Covid-19.

It comes as (*20*) Ireland's well being minister urged the general public to strictly adhere to the brand new lockdown measures.

Robin Swann known as on everybody to "play their part" throughout the subsequent six weeks, which he described as a "crucial period" in the pandemic.

Businesses throughout (*20*) Ireland closed as soon as more as the brand new measures got here into impact from 26 December.

Additional restrictions are in place till 2 January, together with a type of curfew in operation from 8pm, with retailers closed from that point and all indoor and out of doors gatherings prohibited till 6am.

The sweeping measures additionally contain the closure of non-essential retail and shut contact providers similar to hairdressers for the following six weeks.

Hospitality shops are restricted to takeaway providers.

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Mr Swann stated: "We want one other large collective effort throughout society to push down Covid an infection charges.

"We try this by lowering our contacts with others, by staying at dwelling, by holding our distance from others if we should be outdoor for good motive, and by carrying a face protecting and washing our arms.

"This will save lives and ease the pressures on our well being service at this most difficult time.

"I know how tough 2020 has been and how fed up we all are with this virus. But I am confident we can all pull together once again at this critical time."

He stated the brand new 12 months has "renewed hope with the vaccine rollout", however added: "We want a concerted and united push in the following few months to get us to a greater place.

"Please keep at dwelling as a lot as attainable. Please don't be tempted to go to associates this week. It's not nearly complying with the rules, it's about holding your self and others protected.

"A New Year's Eve house party would not just be against the law. It could be a super-spreader event, could leave people very seriously ill and could even cost lives."

The (*20*) Ireland Executive is underlining the "stay at home" message this week with adverts on TV and radio. 

primarily based on web site supplies www.rte.ie

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