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No coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours but two new cases reported

No coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours

No further coronavirus deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, according to the latest statistics.

The Department of Health said the number of deaths it has recorded remains at 547.

Two further people have tested positive for the disease.

A total of 21 people have tested positive over the last seven days.

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Daily death figures released by the department mainly cover coronavirus fatalities in hospital.

Weekly figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) record all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.

According to the most recent Nisra figures, there have been 802 coronavirus- related deaths up until June 12.

Two further cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the north

The infection rate remains relatively low, the department said.

The R rate, which indicates the number of people an infected person infects on average, is between 0.6 – 0.9.

The department said the rate has remained steady since last week. The figure has contributed to the executive easing restrictions.

 

Keeping the R rate below one is the executive's key aim in the fight against coronavirus.

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