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NI lockdown extended until 1 April Published Date: 19/02/2021

The BBC reported that the lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended until 1 April, the Stormont Executive has agreed.

But children in primary 1 to primary 3 (aged four to seven) will go back to school in Northern Ireland on 8 March.

They will then resume remote learning on 22 March to enable the return of years 12 to 14, until the start of the Easter holidays.

Health officials have said they want to avoid a possible rise in cases around St Patrick's Day on 17 March.

The restrictions were imposed on 26 December to manage the spread of Covid-19.

Another review of the measures will take place on 18 March.

First Minister Arlene Foster said Northern Ireland knew "from experience what looks like success is hard-won, but also fragile".

"We need decisions to be safe and sustainable, with a proper sequencing of actions."