People have been advised to avoid the A and E unless absolutely necessary.

Craigavon Hospital is believed to be at breaking point due to Covid-19 admissions.

The facility in county Armagh has advised people not to attend the A and E unless it is absolutely necessary.

The Belfats Telegraph reports there is a shortage of nurses and “wards full of Covid”.

Restrictions in Northern Ireland will heighten from 6pm this evening with schools, pubs and hairdressers all to close.

Speaking earlier, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster says there’s a lot of work to do during the four-week lockdown.

”We’re absolutely going to have to use these four weeks to look at a number of things, to look at the evidence we can gather after these four weeks”, she said.

”To look at the capacity of our health service during those four weeks and what is it that we can do to assist in relation to that”.

Yesterday, it was reported the north has recorded 6,394 new positive cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days.