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Shielding Co Antrim woman shares joy at first walk outside in 12 weeks

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Christine Harpur steps outside her house yesterday

Christine Harpur steps outside her house yesterday

Freddie Parkinson

Christine Harpur steps outside her house yesterday

Christine Harpur steps outside her house yesterday

Freddie Parkinson

Christine Harpur steps outside her house yesterday

A Northern Ireland pensioner who has been shielding for 12 weeks has described her joy after going for her first walk in more than three months.

Christine Harpur (74) survived a heart attack eight years ago, and alongside her husband, Herman (86), she has not left her home in Whitehead, Co Antrim in more than 12 weeks.

However, they were yesterday able to enjoy their first trip away from their garden as the number of cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland dropped low enough for it to be deemed safe to ease the restrictions on those most at risk.