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Coronavirus: First Covid-19 death recorded in 27 days along with 76 new cases

The Department of Health reported 76 new Covid-19 cases over the weekend
Digital Staff

One further person has died in Northern Ireland after testing positive for Covid-19 - the first death recorded in the Department of Health's statistics for four weeks.

The death occurred on August 8 and brings the total in the north to 557.

There were 76 new positive cases recorded over the weekend after 5,560 people were tested.

Two patients are in intensive care in the north's hospitals with Covid-19, one of whom has been ventilated.

In care homes, there are two confirmed outbreaks of coronavirus with a further seven suspected outbreaks.

The figures are released as masks become compulsory when in enclosed public spaces with a limited number of exceptional circumstances.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride and Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Ian Young have warned that increases in confirmed Covid-19 cases and the `R' number have "caused deep concern" and "underline the stark reality that the coronavirus is not fading away".

"It is here for the long-term and remains highly infectious," they said in a joint statement.

The R number in Northern Ireland has been estimated to be between 0.8 and 1.8.


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