The Health minister there, Robin Swann, will bring a number of new proposals to the Stormont Executive today, to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Deputy first minister Michelle O'Neill says there's 'no doubt' intervention is needed.
but Arleen Foster says her party may oppose such a move.
Hospitals are operating at 105 per cent capacity, with 510 new cases were reported yesterday.
Meanwhile The British Medical Association's calling for either the transfer of patients to the South or for intensive care staff from the Republic to be sent to the North to cope with its crisis.