Coronavirus: Three more deaths in Northern Ireland confirmed

Belfast city centre has been quiet since measures were introduced to combat coronavirus. Picture by Mal McCann

Three more people in Northern Ireland have died after contracting coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities since the outbreak began to 10.

In figures released this afternoon, the Department of Health confirmed 32 new COVID-19 cases with 344 people having been tested in the past 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases stands at 241 with 10 deaths associated with the virus.

The number of individuals tested so far stands at 3716.

Yesterday the north's chief medical officer warned that many thousands of people here may already have coronavirus.

Dr Michael McBride said testing will increase to more than 1,000 a day by next week – and that will help give a better idea of the infection's spread.

Around 40,000 of the most vulnerable are to be written to by their GPs, urging them to be extra careful and stay at home.

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