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More than 130 new cases since Friday as chief scientific adviser warns of ‘Covid fatigue’

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Northern Ireland’s chief scientific adviser has warned that “Covid fatigue” is beginning to take hold as the country recorded 132 positive cases since Friday.

Monday’s figure of 39 is added to the weekend’s total of 93, representing a considerable rise in numbers.

Professor Ian Young told BBC Radio Ulster that localised coronavirus restrictions may be required to help quell the spread as cases in Northern Ireland reached 6,430 – with 302 of those in the last seven days.

There were no deaths reported since Friday, keeping the total at 558.

Professor Young said he didn’t think government would be considering Northern Ireland-wide measures as there are still many areas where the spread of the coronavirus “remains at a low level”.

However, he did state Antrim & Newtownabbey and Mid & East Antrim were two boroughs badly affected.

Meanwhile, there are no Covid patients in ICU wards anywhere in Northern Ireland.

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