The Department of Health today published the next in the series of weekly results from its COVID-19 Infection Survey (CIS). The findings set out in this report relate to modelled positivity estimates for NI for the week up to the 15th January 2022. The aims of the CIS are to estimate how many people have the infection and the number of new cases that occur over a given time as well as estimating how many people have developed antibodies to COVID-19. The survey over time will help track the extent of infection and transmission of COVID-19 among people in the community population (those in private residences).
The first Omicron COVID-19 variant cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.
Three Omicron cases have been confirmed in total – two in the same household in the greater Belfast area and a third unconnected case in the South Eastern Trust area.
All three positive cases have linkages to travel from GB to NI.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Michael McBride said: “This is a development we have been expecting and preparing for since we were first made aware of the Omicron variant.
“Targeted actions by the Public Health Agency – including testing and enhanced contact tracing – are ongoing to investigate and assess these cases. There is no evidence at this time of wider community transmission in Northern Ireland.
Introduction to New Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings
From the 1st of September 2021 new guidance will take effect. This guidance has been published by the Department of Education for all School and Educational Settings in Northern Ireland. As Youth Services is deemed an Educational Setting in Legislation particular to the Coronavirus Act 2020, this guidance also applies to Youth Work Settings and Replaces previous Youth Restart Guidance.
- The DE Coronavirus (Covid-19): Guidance for Schools and Educational Settings in Northern Ireland is now the main reference document for the delivery of youth work in the context of Covid-19. Any revisions to this document will apply to youth settings also.