Nine more people have tested positive for Covid-19.
As of 2pm today, (Thursday 19 March), testing has resulted in 9 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 77.
A patient who tested positive for Covid-19 has sadly died in a hospital in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has confirmed.
The patient was elderly, had an underlying medical condition and was being treated in a hospital in the greater Belfast area.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I want to express my deep sadness at this death and send my condolences to the patient’s family and friends. It is, of course, essential that we respect their privacy at this sad time.
“I would once again appeal to everyone to play their part in fighting the spread of this virus.”
The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,646.
People with mild symptoms – new persistent cough and/or fever – should stay at home and self-isolate. They will not require testing and will not therefore be included in testing totals.
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