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Nightclubs in Northern Ireland to close from Boxing Day as nation records highest number of daily COVID cases

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Nightclubs in Northern Ireland will close from Boxing Day as part of new COVID measures.

It comes on the same day the nation recorded 3,231 daily cases – the highest number since the onset of the pandemic.

The Omicron variant is now the dominant strain of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill told a press conference this afternoon.

And Ms O’Neill warned the “scale of transmission” will be “hugely challenging” and is set to create “significant pressures” on healthcare.

In response, Stormont is introducing a number of measures – including no indoor dancing and standing events from Boxing Day.

People will be asked to limit mixing to a maximum of three households from 27 December.

And more people will be asked to work from home, with businesses urged to take reasonable measures to achieve 2m social distancing.

Regular workplace testing will be encouraged and the rules on face coverings will be strengthened, the deputy first minister said.

 Sky News

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