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Northern Ireland imposes strictest UK lockdown, Irish border curbs follow

15 Oct 2020

BELFAST/DUBLIN Northern Ireland announced the strictest COVID-19 restrictions seen in the United Kingdom since early summer on Wednesday, closing schools for two weeks, restaurants for four weeks and leading Ireland to respond by tightening curbs in bordering counties.

Northern Ireland set for new restrictions as COVID-19 hits Belfast hospitals

14 Oct 2020

BELFAST Northern Ireland's devolved government is set to impose tougher COVID-19 restrictions, First Minister Arlene Foster said after a rapid spread of cases led to the cancellation of elective surgeries across Belfast on Tuesday.

Belfast hospitals cancel elective surgeries as COVID-19 rages - source

13 Oct 2020

BELFAST, Oct 13 All elective surgeries have been cancelled across Belfast this week due to a rise in COVID-19 hospital admissions, a source familiar with the plans said on Tuesday as the devolved government debated whether to impose new restrictions.

Northern Ireland can slow COVID-19 even without lockdown in Ireland: health chief

06 Oct 2020

BELFAST Northern Ireland can slow a rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19 even if it takes a different approach from that across the border in Ireland, the region's chief scientific officer said on Tuesday.

Northern Ireland's O'Neill rejects DUP call to step aside

02 Jul 2020

BELFAST Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill rejected calls on Thursday by her partner in government, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to stand down temporarily for allegedly undermining COVID-19 restrictions.

UPDATE 2-Northern Ireland's O'Neill rejects DUP call to step aside

02 Jul 2020

* Police examining potential breaches of COVID-19 restrictions

Northern Ireland drags feet on abortion a year after UK orders roll-out

24 Jun 2020

BELFAST Almost a year after the British parliament voted to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland, one of the last regions in Western Europe with a ban, women there face gaps in provision due to renewed local political roadblocks.

Sinn Fein protests coronavirus call for British military help in Northern Ireland

11 Apr 2020

BELFAST Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein expressed concern on Saturday over a request by Northern Ireland's health minister for British military assistance in response to the coronavirus, saying it had raised the sensitive issue with the British government.

Northern Ireland authorities give green light to abortion services

10 Apr 2020

BELFAST Northern Ireland authorities on Thursday gave the green light for the rollout of abortion services, activists and leading doctors said, although it was unclear when the first procedures would take place.

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