A record number of Coronavirus cases have been recorded in the north in the last 24 hours.

There were 1217 new cases of Covid 19 and four additional deaths.

A four week 'circuit breaker' lockdown will come into effect in Northern Ireland on Friday.

The measures include an extended Halloween break for schools, which will reopen on November 2nd.

Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill says the two week long school closure could be extended.

Here, Cabinet Ministers will meet this evening to decide whether or not to move border counties to level four restrictions.

A high level officials group was briefed by the Chief Medical Officer this morning after Northern Ireland entered a four week circuit break lockdown.

 It's expected Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan will be moved to higher restrictions while Louth and Leitrim may escape them.

A full announcement is expected tonight as to whether those restrictions will be needed to bring the border counties in line with Northern Ireland.

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