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Coronavirus: No further deaths but 48 new cases recorded in Northern Ireland

Another 48 people tested positive, bringing the overall tally to 6,188

No new deaths with Covid-19 have been reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours, the Department of Health has said.

Another 48 people tested positive, bringing the overall tally to 6,188.

The total number of deaths remains at 557.

There are two patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the north's hospitals, with one ventilated.

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

Today's figures were released as a Belfast grammar school told pupils and staff they must wear face masks when classes resume.

Belfast Royal Academy, a co-educational grammar school in the north of the city, issued the guidance in a letter to parents and guardians.

Meanwhile, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has claimed his country has developed a working Covid-19 vaccine.

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