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CMO McBride urges caution on plans to reopen schools over fears infection rates will increase by up to 50%

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Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride

The return of pupils to school could result in the R number increasing by as much as 50%, Northern Ireland’s top doctor has warned.

Dr Michael McBride, the chief medical officer, has again urged caution around the relaxation of measures currently in place to drive down Covid-19 infection rates.

Speaking at the Stormont health committee on Thursday morning, Dr McBride said the new variant poses a particular challenge given how infectious it is known to be.


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