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Helpline receives 3,000 calls

An NHS helpline providing advice on coronavirus has received an average of 341 calls a day from Northern Ireland, it has emerged.

Until February 28, the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland operated its own dedicated helpline, however this was then replaced with the NHS 111 advice line.

The Health Minister, Robin Swann, said that the change was made in light of the "increased level of public queries" about coronavirus and to help ensure that "people in Northern Ireland will have access to the same level of advice as citizens in England".

A Department of Health (DoH) spokesperson confirmed there have been 3,070 calls to the NHS coronavirus helpline from February 28 to March 8.

In the two weeks prior to this, the Public Health Agency received around 900 calls to their dedicated helpline.

Belfast Telegraph