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Police issue Covid notices after three Belfast house parties

Police issued 55 Covid fines and warnings after three house parties across Belfast on Saturday night.
Mairead Holland

POLICE issued 55 Covid fines and warnings after three house parties across Belfast on Saturday night.

Officers were called to two addresses at University Avenue and Sandymount Street in the south of the city around midnight, following reports of loud parties.

They found large numbers of people at both addresses.

A third party was reported earlier in the evening at Castle Street in the city centre, where a large number of people were also discovered.

Police said they issued 39 Covid 4 notices, six Covid 2 notices and 10 Community Resolution Notices (CRNs).

In Covid 4 notices, fines start at £200, reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days, while Covid 2 notices and CRNs are warnings.

Chief Inspector Sayers described the notices as "appropriate action".

He said: "I would like to reiterate our message that people must understand that the current health restrictions are not a game.

"Across Northern Ireland, people are making sacrifices, not visiting family members or friends and businesses have temporarily closed.

“People congregating or travelling to parties really need to consider their actions for their own health and that of the wider community.”

Meanwhile, a further three people died in Northern Ireland after contracting coronavirus, according to the Department of Health figures yesterday.

The death toll now stands at 986 people.

Another 351 people tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of infections since the pandemic began to 52,175.

There are 414 Covid-19 patients in Northern Ireland hospitals, with 34 patients in intensive care and 29 people on ventilators

The hospital occupancy rate is 93 per cent and 142 care homes have reported active outbreaks of the virus.

In the Republic, another two people have died and 299 new cases have been confirmed, in the latest figures released by its Department of Health.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 2,052 and the total number of confirmed cases to 72,241.

Meanwhile, there are 257 patients in hospital, 30 in intensive care.


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