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Ikea in Belfast opens its doors yesterday for the first time since the lockdown began with hundreds of shoppers queuing to get in

Ikea in Belfast opens its doors yesterday for the first time since the lockdown began with hundreds of shoppers queuing to get in

Ikea in Belfast opens its doors yesterday for the first time since the lockdown began with hundreds of shoppers queuing to get in

Northern Ireland is at a crucial stage in ensuring the lockdown remains effective in order to avoid the risk of a further 'spike' in cases, a leading GP has warned.

Dr George O'Neill urged the public to continue adhering to the restrictions amid increasing signs that compliance is slipping.

His warning came as First Minister Arlene Foster heavily criticised the increasing public complacency after people flouted the rules at the weekend.