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  • Coronavirus update - 'Test, Trace, and Protect'

The expanded case definition for COVID-19 now includes:

a new continuous cough OR fever OR a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste (anosmia).

Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of COVID-19 is now eligible for testing. Testing is offered through the National Testing Programme and symptomatic members of the public can book their own test via this weblink Alternatively, symptomatic members of the public can book a test by calling the free phone number 119.

The results of testing undertaken through the National Testing Programme are emailed or texted directly to the person who has been tested.

The symptomatic individual and all members of their household must continue to self-isolate, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.

The Northern Ireland Contact Tracing Service will be in touch with symptomatic individuals who are being tested for COVID-19. Their number will come up as 'withheld'. The symptomatic individual will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people they have been in direct contact with, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. People identified as close contacts will be informed that they have been in contact with a case and they will be advised of what actions they need to take. All information discussed with the Contact Tracing Service will be handled with appropriate privacy and confidentiality safeguards.


Individuals who develop symptoms (cases) should self-isolate for 7 days from onset of symptoms. They can complete their period of isolation at the end of 7 days if they are clinically improved and have had 48 hours without a temperature.

People identified as having been in close contact with a case (contacts) should self-isolate for 14 days from the time of their last contact with the symptomatic individual, even if they do not have symptoms. 

  • Specific advice during coronavirus pandemic

Chest pain advice: Altnagelvin hospital has a telephone advice line for any patients with chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations or blackouts.  This is a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week service. An experienced cardiac nurse will assess the history over the telephone and arrange further face-to-face assessment if needed. The number to call is 02882 833129   or   02877 246958.

Diabetes helpline for those living with diabetes in NI available 7 days a week from 9am - 3pm    02895 360600    Email:

NI Maternity and new parenting during COVID-19 website