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[/news/northern-ireland/index.html Northern Ireland] is bracing for a brutal 'circuit breaker' lockdown from 6pm tonight, with pubs and restaurants set to close for four weeks.
Along with shutting the hospitality sector except for takeaways, schools will be closed for an extra week at half-term as part of desperate efforts to control the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] outbreak.
But despite the extraordinary curbs - which [/news/boris_johnson/index.html Boris Johnson] is fighting to avoid in England - medics have been warning First Minister Arlene Foster that the squeeze is 'too little too late' and still does not go far enough. 
Concerns have been growing over the spike in infections in the province. Four Covid-19 linked deaths and 763 new cases of the virus were reported yesterday.
There have been 6,394 new positive cases notified in the last seven days, bringing the total to 23,878.

Some 201 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital, with 24 in intensive care.
Medics have been warning First Minister Arlene Foster (pictured) that the squeeze is 'too little too late' and still does not go far enough
Under the measures that come into effect at 6pm tonight, pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, with the exception of takeaways and deliveries.

PIctured, a Belfast bar in July
Under the measures that come into effect at 6pm tonight, pubs and restaurants will close for four weeks, with the exception of takeaways and deliveries.
Schools are to shut for two weeks, one of which is the mid-term Halloween break.
Retail outlets will remain open, as will gyms for individual training.
Churches will also remain open, with a 25-person limit on funerals and weddings.

Wedding receptions are prohibited.
People have been advised to work from home unless unable to do so and have also been urged not to take unnecessary journeys.
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Indoor sporting activities are not allowed and outdoor contact sports will be limited to elite athletes.
Off-licences will be required to shut at 8pm.
Close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, must stop.
Ms Foster defended the package of measures as the powersharing administration announced the expansion of a financial support scheme to cover businesses that will be forced to close as a result of the four-week 'circuit break'.
Chairman of the BMA's Northern Ireland Council Tom Black said doctors feel the intensified measures are 'too little, too late and don't go far enough'.
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