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Coronavirus death toll rises by one in north

Irish foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney

THE coronavirus death toll in the north has risen to 556, Department of Health figures have revealed.

Figures released yesterday show that one person died in the previous 24 hours.

No new deaths have been reported south of the border, where the overall death total stands at 1,746.

The positive update came as Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said he does not think international flights should be prevented from landing in Ireland, but that people should not come into the country if they cannot restrict their movements for 14 days.

Mr Coveney said people should not be coming into Ireland if they cannot restrict their movements and that it is not a time for normal holidays involving tourists coming from abroad.

In Britain eleven more deaths, believed to be the lowest daily increase since lockdown began, were recorded bringing the death toll there to 44,830.

The latest figures came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said people in England "should be wearing" face coverings inside shops to help prevent the spread of the virus.

He said a decision will be made in the next few days if "tools of enforcement" were needed.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization says data to date suggests 80 percent of Covid-19 infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15 percent are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5 percent are critical, requiring ventilation.

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