The Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has warned there are "difficult days ahead" for the borough and revealed he had recently been self isolating following a positive test result.
Taking to social media, the borough's Lord Mayor, Councillor Kevin Savage said: "The situation in ABC is dire, COVID is rife, I'm only out of isolation due to positive test. Please adhere to public health advice."
Following a response of well wishes from Councillor Peter Lavery, the Lord Mayor confirmed it was "not a bad dose" but in response to a message from Councillor Julie Flaherty, the Lord Mayor was pessimistic about the short term outlook for the borough.
"Thanks Julie, feeling better, self isolation was no fun. Lucky to have Wendy looking after me. No idea where I got it. Difficult days ahead," said the Lord Mayor.
By January 9, a total of 10,227 individuals had tested positive in the ABC council area. The number had grown by 100 since the previous day, according to official data.