Coronavirus Timeline

  • 15:20 November 23, 2020 Nearly 100 more COVID-19 cases in Tyrone council areas

    Almost 100 more positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Tyrone council areas.

  • 22:13 November 19, 2020 Coronavirus restrictions extended

    The Northern Ireland Executive has tonight agreed to introduce a two week circuit breaker to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the community and protect the health service. The new restrictions will cover two weeks from November 27 until December 11. Those businesses planning to open tomorrow under the current restrictions can do so, but will have to close again next Friday. The measures agreed by the Executive are: Closure of all retail except essential retail that was permitted to stay open in the Spring; Off licences will remain open, with an 8pmclosing; Closure of close contact services, and driving instruction (not motorcycles), except close contact for Film and TV production; those ancillary to medical, health and social care services; and elite-sports therapeutic services - i.e. – as 13 October- 19 November; Closure of all hospitality (except for accommodation for essential travel). Takeaway and delivery, and food and drink in motorway services, airports and harbour terminals remain open; Closure of all leisure and entertainment (to include all soft play areas, gyms, swimming pools etc); Sporting events only permitted for elite sports. Individual/household outdoor exercise and school PE to continue; Elite sports events behind closed doors without spectators; No household gatherings of more than one household, other than current arrangements for linked households (bubbles), with current exceptions for caring, maintenance, house moves, etc.; Closure of places of worship, except for weddings, civil partnerships and funerals. Remain with 25 max for weddings and funerals; Stay at home, work from home if at all possible, otherwise only leave for essential purposes such as education, healthcare needs, to care for others or outdoor exercise; Schools and childcare to remain open; Universities / FE to provide learning at distance except where it is essential to provide it face to face; Public parks and outdoor play areas remain open; Stay at home in guidance, with liaison with PSNI on policing and police visibility; and Financial support package to be developed over next few days. The Executive took the decision to introduce the circuit breaker from next Friday after modelling indicated it offered a greater likelihood of avoiding further restrictions before Christmas. Ministers today heard that the R number was around 1 and that while the current restrictions have had some positive impact, hospital inpatients numbers are still at a higher level than the first wave and are declining slowly. First Minister Arlene Foster said: “The Executive has been presented today with the sobering prospect of our hospitals becoming overwhelmed within weeks. “It is clear that a tough, carefully timed, intervention is required to give us the best chance to have a safe and happy Christmas and further into the new year period. “The Executive has taken the decision to put in place a short, sharp circuit-breaker from Friday November 27 to reset and drive down infection rates right across Northern Ireland. “This is not the position we had hoped to be in as the current phase of restrictions comes towards an end. The R rate has unfortunately not dropped as far, or for as long, as had been estimated. We have taken some time today to look at the reasons for this. Sadly it is clear that a careless minority have significantly undermined the sacrifices of the many. “So I want to take this opportunity to say to those who feel it’s acceptable to flout public health advice, think again. “We all need to work together to save our hospitals, to save Christmas, to save lives.” Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The Executive has given detailed consideration to the evidence in front of us and listened very carefully to the medical and scientific advice on the progression of the epidemic. It paints a stark picture of the situation we are facing into. “Seventy six people have lost their lives to Covid-19 in the last week alone. Hospital occupancy currently stands at 100%. Our hospitals remain under extreme pressure, as do the staff we depend on to deliver care. To do nothing would inevitably lead to the entire system becoming completely overwhelmed. “This has informed our agreement to introduce enhanced restrictions for a period of two weeks from next Friday, 27 November. The modelling indicated that this will be most effective in reducing virus transmission and offered a greater likelihood of avoiding further restrictions before Christmas. “We know this will be difficult for people to hear, but this is a necessary intervention to protect our health service. And it will give us the best possible chance of getting to the other side of the Christmas period. Our actions as we approach Christmas are crucial.” Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I want to thank my fellow Executive Ministers for supporting the recommendations I brought to today’s meeting. This virus has tested us all across society in ways we have never been tested before. Nowhere has the pressure been more severe than in our health and social care system. “Without this further intervention, there was a very real risk of our hospitals being overwhelmed in the run up to Christmas. Care for Covid and non-Covid patients would have been in severe jeopardy. We must not let that happen. “All of us now have to work really hard to achieve a happier festive season. Please follow the public health advice and stay at home. Let’s all redouble our efforts and look after each other.”

  • 18:41 November 11, 2020 Covid-19: Still no agreement over North’s restrictions

    STORMONT ministers were warned by the North’s Chief Medical Officer that more people would die if Covid-19 restrictions were not extended for a further two weeks, Sinn Fein’s leader in the North has said. Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill was speaking out this morning as the Executive prepared to meet for a third day to […]

  • 15:08 November 5, 2020 Furlough extension welcomed

    Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney has welcomed news that the Job Retention Scheme has been extended and stressed t

  • 16:27 October 28, 2020 Over 100,000 get COVID-19 tests in Tyrone council areas

    MORE than 100,000 people have now been tested for coronavirus in the three Council areas covering Tyrone.

  • 16:31 October 27, 2020 Over 200 more positive coronavirus cases in Tyrone

    More than 200 additional coronavirus cases in council areas covering Tyrone.

  • 16:06 October 26, 2020 Majority of local COVID cases in 20-39 and 40-59 groups

    PEOPLE in the 20-39 and the 40-59 agegroups in Tyrone accounted for the vast majority of coronavirus positive cases in Tyrone during the past week.

  • 17:39 October 20, 2020 ‘Steady decline’ in local Covid19 cases

    A LEADING medical professor has confirmed that there has been a ‘steady decline’ in the number of cases in Derry City and Strabane council area. Prof Ian Young, Northern Ireland’s chief scientific adviser has said there is “strong evidence” to suggest that the tough restrictions imposed in the Strabane council area are working. Three weeks […]

  • 17:20 October 15, 2020 COVID-19: 104 more positive cases in Derry and Strabane

    THERE have been a further 235 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the three council areas that cover Tyrone, the latest daily figures released by the Department of Health have revealed. In the 24-hour period after midnight on October 13, 104 more individuals tested positive for coronavirus in Derry City and Strabane, 98 in Mid Ulster […]

  • 16:01 October 15, 2020 Free hand sanitizer gesture for Strabane

    A company that produces hand sanitizer is encouraging charities, community organisations and individuals in Strabane to avail of their giveaway of fre