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Coronavirus outlook bleak, added to danger of complacency setting in among Northern Ireland public

Lisa Smyth


First ministers put differences aside, if only to deliver bad news

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Grim outlook: Chief scientific adviser Ian Young, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont on Thursday

Grim outlook: Chief scientific adviser Ian Young, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont on Thursday

Grim outlook: Chief scientific adviser Ian Young, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill at Stormont on Thursday

After a hiatus from appearing in public together, Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill were back on the podium together again this week.

Unfortunately, it was to deliver the fairly bleak news that some parts of Northern Ireland are to be subjected to additional restrictions in a bid to bring Covid-19 to heel.

Experts have consistently warned that the coming out of lockdown would be the most dangerous and tricky stage of the pandemic - but was it inevitable that such tough measures would have to be imposed once again?