High Covid rate in North a worry for adjoining counties

877 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the North in the past 24 hours with 3 additional deaths.

It comes as level 4 restrictions for border counties may be considered by the government if the North goes into lockdown due to the high number of cases.

Stormont’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill says she flagged the need for extra financial support during a COBRA meeting chaired by the British Prime Minister.

Border counties may be moved to level 4 restrictions this week if Northern Ireland opts for a circuit break lockdown.

The Chief Medical Officer in the North has recommended a six week lockdown to limit the increasing spread of COVID after almost 4,000 cases were confirmed across the island over the weekend.

Government sources here say that could mean a Level 4 recommendation for counties like Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan which have some of the highest rates of infection in the country.

Infectious diseases expert Professor Paddy Mallon believes this is linked to the rise of Covid cases in Northern Ireland.