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Where it all went wrong: Five reasons why Covid infections in Northern Ireland have soared to a record high

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Silent night: The scene on a near-deserted promenade in Portstewart at midnight on New Year’s Eve

Silent night: The scene on a near-deserted promenade in Portstewart at midnight on New Year’s Eve

Silent night: The scene on a near-deserted promenade in Portstewart at midnight on New Year’s Eve

After a week that saw Covid-19 cases reach their highest level in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph examines five reasons why the infection rate remains so high despite all our efforts to keep the virus at bay.

The new Covid variant

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that a new variant of Covid-19 may be linked to a faster spread of the virus in the south of England on December 14.


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