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Covid-19: One more death and 14 new cases in the north

One further person has died after contracting coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths here to 537.

One further person has died after contracting coronavirus in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number of deaths here to 537.

The Department of Health said the death occurred in the last 24 hours and that a further 14 people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the north to 4,776.

There are currently 10 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care .

There is 61 confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes, with 32 suspected outbreaks and 77 closed outbreaks.

A senior PSNI officer has made a strong appeal to protesters not to take part in demonstrations this weekend.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said his officers are engaging with organisers of Black Lives Matter gatherings to explain the coronavirus regulations, adding if the warnings are ignored then enforcement will be used.

Mr Todd described the protests as “valid” but warned that public gatherings of more than six people are currently against coronavirus regulations.

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