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An entire primary school in Northern Ireland has become the first school in the Province to completely shutdown for 14 days because of COVID-19.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 3:46 pm
Updated Monday, 28th September 2020, 5:59 pm

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There has been a significant spike in cases in Londonderry in the last seven days.

LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus in Northern Ireland - NI hotel and restaurant closes after three staff members test positive

Last updated: Monday, 28 September, 2020, 17:47

  • NI hotel and restaurant closes after three staff members test positive
  • Positive case of COVID-19 at NI school forces four classes into self-isolation
  • 1,418 new infections detected in last seven days
  • 52 hospital admissions in last 14 days

Entire primary school shuts down because of case of COVID-19

St Comgall's Primary School, Bangor.

St. Comgall’s Primary School in Bangor has become the first school in Northern Ireland to completely shutdown for 14 days to allow some pupils and staff to self-isolate after two confirmed COVID-19 infections were identified.

School Principal Cathy Hunter said was left with no choice but to close and explained it had been approved at a “higher level”.

"Please reassure your child that all is well," she said.

"I sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused but know that you will want to support this decision in order to return out school community safely as soon as we can."

Many other schools around Northern Ireland have also had two and in other cases, more than two people to test positive for COVID-19 but none have had to close for 14 days until today.

St. Comgall’s Primary School will reopen on October 12.

220 new infections but NO additional deaths in last 24 hours

COVID-19 testing stats for Northern Ireland on September 28, 2020.

The Department of Health has identified 220 new COVID-19 infections in Northern Ireland but no additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

The latest set of statistics also means 1,513 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland in the last seven days.

NI hotel and restaurant closes after three staff members test positive

Bishop's Gate Hotel, Londonderry.

A Northern Ireland hotel will be closed on Monday and Tuesday after three members of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The award winning Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Londonderry announced its decision to close for two days on its Facebook page on Monday.

The hotel will reopen to the public on Wednesday.

“We consistently assess our staff for Covid-19 and unfortunately three members of staff have now tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating in line with government regulations,” wrote the hotel on social media on Monday.

"As a responsible business and employer, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close Bishop’s Gate Hotel for 48 hours.  We plan to reopen on Wednesday 30 September at 5pm.

“Should you have any queries, do not hesitate to get in touch by email: [email protected]

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Four classes at one NI school have been told to self-isolate for two weeks after a member of staff at the school tested positive for COVID-19

Ashfield Boys' High School. (Google Street View)

Four classes in one school in Northern Ireland have been told to self-isolate after a member of staff at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

Ashfield Boys’ High School in Belfast is closed today (Monday September 28) to allow for an enhanced cleaning of the premises to proceed.

The school will remain closed on Tuesday but this is because a staff training day that was due to take place on Friday October 2 will now take place tomorrow instead.

The school will reopen as normal on Wednesday.

In a letter to parents and guardians, principal Jo McColgan said: “Ensuring the safety of our students and staff is our absolute priority and we will continue to monitor this situation safely and keep you informed.”

All of the pupils and staff who came into close contact with the infected member of staff have been notified and cannot return to school until Monday October 12.

Latest COVID-19 stats from Department of Health for Northern Ireland

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