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Stormont’s executive is also planning to make their stay at home final with new travel restrictions

Health and Education Ministers will present separate papers on these issues to the executive branch at the meeting, she added

Northern Ireland’s Education Minister Peter Weir had previously announced a staggered return of students to school in January

The first transference test, used by many high schools to select students, is due to take place on Saturday However, some teaching unions and political parties have called for the test to be canceled this year amid the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic

In England, all schools and colleges will be near most students by mid-February and will switch to distance learning This summer the exams at the end of the year will not take place as usual

Recommendations on exams in Northern Ireland are expected to be presented by the executive on Tuesday

She said she believed the stay home message will be on the spot “for the rest of January, probably well into February”

“We will of course check as we are legally required to do this every few weeks”

She added that ministers would “very much prefer” if personal education continued, but said they had to “consider the very serious situation we are in tonight”

“We will wait to hear what you have to say. You must of course follow public health advice, but they are private organizations and will make their own announcements”

On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported that another 1801 people had tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours

These latest figures from the Department of Health bring the total number of deaths to 1366, while 79873 people have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic started

In the last seven days, more than 12000 cases reported, more than twice as many as the week before

The seven-day rate per 100000 people is now 660 positive cases, compared to 200 per 100000 two weeks ago

Another 6 were born in the Republic of Ireland on Monday110 confirmed cases of Covid-19 announced, with six more deaths related to the virus

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already announced a new lockdown there from midnight The schools are closed until February

Dr Michael McBride spoke on BBC Radio Ulster’s Evening Extra program that Scotland’s actions are “prudent and sensible”

Up to 11000 people over the age of 80 are expected across Northern Ireland this week Some of the first doses will be given on Monday afternoon at a general practitioner’s office on Falls Road in West Belfast

The SDLP has requested that the assembly be called back on Tuesday to discuss the introduction of the vaccine

On Monday Justice Minister Naomi Long welcomed the opening of Northern Ireland’s first nightingale venue, used for the business of courts and tribunals

The facility was opened on Jan. Approved December by a meeting of the executive branch and will take place at the International Convention Center in Belfast (ICC)

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