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Lockdown extended for 4 more weeks due to 70% of covid cases diagnosed as Kent variant

'Success hard won and fragile' were the words coming from First Minister Arlene Foster at the weekly executive press conference. Despite being over the peak of this wave of infections, the executive have extended the restrictions for four weeks over concerns of the more transmissible 'Kent variant' of the virus. This more infectious strain now accounts for 70% of cases in NI.

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