Seven further coronavirus related deaths in Northern Ireland


There were also 97 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1255.

The Department of Health will issue an update on figures from the Republic of Ireland later this evening.

There are now 200 reported deaths on the island of Ireland after these patients tragically lost their lives after testing positive for COVID-19.

It comes as 672 more patients died in Britain, with a total of 3,557 death now reported in England, Scotland and Wales since the outbreak began.

There are 42 confirmed cases in the Mid Ulster Council area.

The UK's four Chief Medical Officers have written to doctors to encourage participation in the trials.

The Causeway Coast and Glens Council area has the lowest number of confirmed cases -32.

Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill led Monday's daily press conference remotely for the first time, appearing from their homes.

Mrs Foster described the next two weeks as "critical".

But she added: "It is essential in this period that we do not relax our guard, especially in the lead-up to and during the Easter period".

Ms O'Neill said the executive would continue to reinforce the message that people must stay at home.

Speaking at the time, Dr Holohan stressed that people should not ignore signs that they are unwell, such as chest pains or lumps, as hospitals were there to treat everybody and not just coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, ministers highlighted the contribution of colleges and universities.

The first and deputy first ministers also welcomed the delivery of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers in Northern Ireland.

Health Minister Robin Swann praised the contribution of medical and nursing students.

It is one of a number of Covid-19 studies that have been given urgent public health research status.



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