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Some restrictions may remain until next year, says NI CMO

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Northern Ireland's chief medical officer has said some coronavirus restrictions may have to remain in place until next year.

Dr Michael McBride likened the new UK variant of the virus to "a finely tuned sportscar", which he said will accelerate quickly if restrictions are eased too soon.

He said it might not be possible to lift all restrictions until "70 to 80%" of the population has been vaccinated. Around 22% of adults in Northern Ireland have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. "If you want to talk about spring next year and 2022, I think that there will be some of the restrictions, not all of the current restrictions, but there will still need to be some restrictions in place," he said.

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