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Facing the unknown: What will life be like for NI's coronavirus 'shielders'?

Around 80,000 people in Northern Ireland are shielding. Five of them tell Leona O'Neill about their worries for the future after lockdown

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Extra caution: Roisin McMackin's daughters Molly-Rose, Mary-Anne, Maisie and Kesha

Extra caution: Roisin McMackin's daughters Molly-Rose, Mary-Anne, Maisie and Kesha

Conor Shields

Conor Shields

In touch: Anne Ramsey can only send videos to her grandchildren

In touch: Anne Ramsey can only send videos to her grandchildren

Sinead Reilly

Sinead Reilly

Louis Burns

Louis Burns

Roisin McMackin

Roisin McMackin

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Father-of-one Conor Shields (54) hasn't been out of his house in 13 weeks. The chief executive of the Community Arts Partnership, who lives in east Belfast with his wife and daughter (7), says he hopes measures will be put in place to allow shielders to integrate back into society safely.

"I am shielding because I have rheumatoid arthritis," he says. "It's an auto-immune disease and the drugs I take have suppressed my immune system. We started quarantine because our seven-year-old daughter developed symptoms, then I got the shielding letter. So as of this week we are shielding for 13 weeks.

"I went for one walk between my daughter recovering and receiving the letter and that is the only time I have gone out.