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'Restrictions likely to be in place here this time next year'

Measures will return in autumn and last into 2022 after respite in summer, warns McBride

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Safety measures: Members of the public wearing face masks walk past a sign in a bank window

Safety measures: Members of the public wearing face masks walk past a sign in a bank window

Safety measures: Members of the public wearing face masks walk past a sign in a bank window

Covid-19 restrictions are likely to remain in place this time next year, Northern Ireland's top doctor has warned.

Dr Michael McBride, the chief medical officer, has said while restrictions will not be fully lifted until 2022, he hopes this summer will bring some respite from the current lockdown.

However, he said it is likely that a range of restrictions will return in the autumn and remain in place into 2022.


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