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lockdown lengthened Northern Ireland lockdown extended until April

Reports coming out of Stormont suggest there will be another review of measures that have been put in place on March 18 after a meeting of the Stormont executive today.

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First Minister Arlene Foster, foreground, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill (Liam McBurney/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster, foreground, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill (Liam McBurney/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster, foreground, and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill (Liam McBurney/PA)

Lockdown in Northern Ireland will continue until April 1, it is understood.

Reports coming out of Stormont suggest there will be another review of measures that have been put in place on March 18 after a meeting of the Stormont executive today.

There were concerns among ministers and health experts that the upcoming St Patrick's Day celebrations could have led to further outbreaks of the virus.

Before today's news, regulations had been set to stay in place until March 5.

At present non-essential shops, gyms, bars and restaurants have had to remain closed.

There had been hopes that today's meeting at Stormont would have led to at least a small amount of easing and restrictions.

It is understood that the new date of April 1 can be amended at any time by ministers.

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