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Coronavirus: No deaths, 34 new cases

Another 34 people have tested positive for coronavirus

Another 34 people have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Health.

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for the virus is now at 6,505 with 184,458 people having been tested.

No further deaths with Covid-19 have been reported leaving the tally, according to the department, at 559.

There are seven people in hospital with coronavirus, none of whom are in ICU. Four of the seven patients are being cared for in Antrim Area Hospital, two in Craigavon Area Hospital and one in Ulster Hospital.

There are seven confirmed outbreaks in care homes and six suspected.

Health Minister Robin Swann has warned that restrictions could be reimposed and says he would not rule out a return to full lockdown. 

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said he would recommend a lockdown acoss the north if the level of community transmission reaches 80 cases per 100,000 poeple. The level in Northern Ireland in the past 14 days was 24 per 100,000 and there are varations across the counties. In Fermanagh and Omagh it stands at less than three while in Mid and East Antri it is 55m.

The Executive is to meet tomorrow to discuss the current situation and the possibility of imposing restrictions to halt the spread of the virus. Read more

The Republic of Ireland yesterday announced it was reinstating some restrictions due to the number of cases. Read more

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