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Northern Ireland: Man, 39, dies after getting trapped under car in Rathfriland

A 39-year-old man from Warrenpoint has died after an incident in a car park in Rathfriland. It is understood that Loughlin Maginn became trapped under his car when it rolled a short distance after being parked. It happened on Downpatrick Street at about 12:30 BST on Wednesday. Police inquiries are ongoing and they have asked …

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Coronavirus: Data needed quicker to target local outbreaks, say doctors

The government must provide vital data more quickly to local authorities to help them deal with Covid-19 spikes in their areas, doctors say. The comments from the British Medical Association follow criticism about the length of time it took to get testing data to officials in Leicester. The city is the first to experience a local …

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Royal Welsh taking show online due to coronavirus

The Royal Welsh Show will be held virtually due to coronavirus, organisers have said. The annual event, held in Llanelwedd, Powys, usually draws almost 250,000 people from 40 different countries. This year’s event at the Royal Welsh Showground was cancelled at an estimated cost of about £1.2m but organisers have been keen celebrate the agricultural industry online. …

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Northern Ireland: Coronavirus: Zoom calls reunite prisoners with families

New video calls at Maghaberry Prison are allowing inmates to connect with a wider circle of friends and family outside than ever before. Face-to-face visits at UK prisons have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. But Northern Ireland’s maximum security jail has become one of the first in the UK to allow inmates to make …

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Coronavirus lockdown: Pubs, restaurants and barbers reopen in Ireland

Pubs and bars that serve food, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers and barbers can reopen from Monday in the Republic of Ireland. These businesses can open provided they can observe social distancing as the country continues to relax its Covid-19 lockdown. Over the weekend, business owners made last minute preparations for customers returning. The move is part …

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