Northern Ireland heads into four-week lockdown as record 1,217 coronavirus cases reported

North’s pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, while Varadkar confirms Border counties may face more restrictions

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has warned that the region will be in a "very difficult place" if Covid-19 rates do not fall as she announced a four-week lockdown.

There have been 1,217 new Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period, the Department of Health there has announced.

It is the largest daily rise in cases in the North since an extended testing regime was introduced.

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