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Coronavirus survivor backs Fight Back campaign urging people to stay at home this Bank Holiday weekend - Belfast Live
"It's the most dangerous, aggressive experience of my life but I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. This virus as we all know is a killer."
A Belfast solicitor who battled and defeated Coronavirus has backed a 'Fight Back' campaign urging people to stay home this Bank Holiday weekend. Niall Murphy, a partner at KRW Law, spent 16 days in an induced coma at Antrim Area Hospital. The 43-year-old dad-of-three has now spoken out to urge people not to be tempted to break restrictions. In the powerful video message, backing the Health Minister Robin's May Day alert this week warning people to maintain social distancing throughout the Bank Holiday weekend Niall said: "With great weather comes temptation, people might want to go to Portrush or Portsalon but I would encourage everybody to resist the temptation and keep staying at home, keep abiding by these restrictions. "I speak from personal experience unfortunately, I was recently discharged from Antrim Area Hospital after 26 days with the Coronavirus, 16 of those I spent in the intensive care unit and an extended period in a coma. "It's the most dangerous, aggressive experience of my life but I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. This virus as we all know is a killer. It's taken too many lives, too many young lives, too soon, too early." Niall Murphy Urging people to continue with the restrictions for the sake of their families and friends, he added a stark warning about the virus. "I'm 43, would have been relatively healthy beforehand, it's not just a simple flu for the elderly. We can't jeopardize the lives of friends, our children, our parents and our grandparents but crucially we cannot jeopardize the lives of our healthcare workers who are putting their own lives at risk to save our lives. "Please, please continue to abide by the restrictions, continue to stay at home, the price is too high. We've come this far, we need to keep going." Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles A Twitter snap survey shows the majority of people across Northern Ireland are happy to stick to the stay-at-home rules for as long as it takes. The survey conducted by the Fight Back safety campaign (@fightbackni on Twitter) shows that when asked: Six weeks into lockdown how much longer can you tolerate it?, 65% of respondents said they would maintain strict stay-at-home measures for as long as it takes, a quarter said they could hold out for another month or so while 10% said they cant take it any more. The survey also sought peoples opinions on whether or not restaurants and cafes should reopen. Mounting pressure is growing on the sector which employs an estimated 45,000 across the north. The Irish government released a draft road plan this week showing cafes and restaurants were included in a phased reopening of businesses in phase 3. This could effectively see limited reopening of cafes and restaurants from the end of June. Asked if they would feel safe going to a restaurant which was taking in fewer guests for social distancing reasons, the Fight Back survey shows a split in the nation. Less than half (38.9%) of the northern population would be confident that they would be safe while a third said they would wait and see. Twenty eight per cent of potential restaurant goers said they would not feel safe. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Family finances are a cause for concern among Northern Ireland people. When asked: Is the loss of earnings during the lockdown a major consideration for you? 59% said they could sustain the position for now but not indefinitely. A fifth of the population says it is worried about bills and 21% say they will be fine as long as furloughing and other government support continues. Alcohol consumption across the north shows interesting changes of habits. People are drinking more, with 47% saying their alcohol intake was up. Only 23% of people said their drinking habits were unchanged by the lockdown. A spokesperson for the Fightback NI campaign said: The survey shows that local people are prepared to stay the course and put up with the lockdown restrictions as long as is deemed necessary. In the midst of other concerns around finances and venturing into restaurants, people in Northern Ireland are selfless and will take what actions are required to save lives. For now, and in advance of the long weekend ahead, that means staying at home, resisting the urge to go outdoors when it is not necessary and seeing through the battle against Covid-19. Our collective actions have worked to date, this is not the time to ease off.
Arlene Foster warns now is not the time to be easing restrictions - Belfast Live
"If people go back to gathering in large numbers and public spaces and don’t listen to the guidance on social distancing, then they run the risk of another spike"
Arlene Foster warned today that now is not the time to be easing Covid-19 restrictions and that doing so would be to gamble with peoples lives. The First Minister spoke out at the daily Coronavirus press conference where she said that no one should act as though the virus is beaten and that relaxing the lockdown runs the risk of another spike which would be more than a crying shame, it would be catastrophic. Michelle ONeill also cautioned against any relaxation of the lockdown any time soon, saying we must co-exist with this virus. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Arlene Foster also used the daily briefing to welcome the return of Boris Johnson to Downing Street after recovering from coronavirus. She added: Its good to see him back in Downing Street at a crucial time for the country as we battle against the spread of Coronavirus and defend our health service. Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (Image: Kelvin Boyes/PressEye) Urging patience with the lockdown, she added: We are conscious that a lot has been asked of the public in recent weeks... however now is not the time for impatience to get the better of us. We still have some way to go, if people go back to gathering in large numbers and public spaces and dont listen to the guidance on social distancing, then they run the risk of another spike. Having come so far in containing this disease it will be more than just a crying shame to undo that collective effort. It will be catastrophic for families, for communities and for society as small as Northern Irelands. And as the Prime Minister said, when we start to think about relaxation we have to guard against losing control. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles If people act as if the virus is beaten, then the UK Government and devolved administrations will be forced again to slam on the brakes on this country and on the economy. Thats not where we want to be and we cannot afford to get too far ahead of ourselves. Deputy First Minister Michelle ONeill said she was disappointed to hear reports of some people who seem to have decided for themselves that its time to relax the restrictions. For the most part, the vast majority of people have been making personal sacrifices for the greater good, and thank you for that, she said. But we must keep going. We must save lives. We have more work to do here to battle Covid-19, so continue to work with us and we will get to the point where we can give you light at the end of the tunnel.
Starlink satellites to pass overhead in the coming minutes - Belfast Live
The lights in the night have created a lot of interest
Elon Musks Starlink satellites will leave a trail across the night sky again on Tuesday evening. And depending on cloud cover over the coming days, you should still be able to catch a glimpse of the wee bright specks as they orbit the earth. The satellites were launched by Musks SpaceX company to provide remote locations across the world with low-cost internet. On Monday night Northern Ireland photographer John O'Neill took a 30 minute time lapse video from close to his home next to Ballinderry Bridge at around 10pm to 10.25pm. Heres the See A Satellite Tonight site he used to track when the Starlink satellites would pass overhead. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles The thousands of tiny satellites look like moving stars that are flying across the sky in a straight line - like a train. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral carrying 60 Starlink satellites on November 11, 2019 (Image: Getty) Seeing as the company has been granted to fly 12,000 satellites as part of the project - which could eventually be increased to 30,000 - its likely that they could become a relatively common sight in the skies above Ireland in the future.
Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Over 100 fines issued over Easter weekend - Belfast Live
Officers broke up barbecues and a small number of large house parties, said assistant chief constable Alan Todd
More than 100 coronavirus -related fines have been issued in three days in Northern Ireland, police said. Officers broke up barbecues and a small number of large house parties, assistant chief constable Alan Todd said. Some parents were also believed to have left their children to play at friends' houses. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Mr Todd told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme: "We engage with people, it is only when people won't take the encouragement we end up having to enforce the matter." A total of 107 fines were imposed in three days over the Easter period. House parties involved some dozen or more people, although some were bigger, Mr Todd said. Police stepped up their patrols at coastal beauty spots over the weekend and said the majority of people complied with restrictions designed to limit spread of the virus. Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles Meanwhile, GPs have written to the Department of Health warning they may be forced to withdraw services if more personal protective equipment is not provided. Masks and aprons are in particular short supply. Health officials have said they are confident enough supplies exist for now. A large order was delivered from Great Britain last week for distribution.