NI death toll rises to 422 after four more deaths announced
UK death toll up 539 to 30,615
Further 29 deaths in Republic of Ireland as death toll hits 1,403
Public asked to consider 'face coverings'
DUP MLA apologises after being caught shoe shopping during PHA briefing
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Northern Ireland's coronavirus infection rate is still too high to ease restrictions, the first and deputy first ministers have said.
While restrictions are not being lifted, Northern Ireland's "road map to recovery" is set to be published early next week.
Arlene Foster also announced the Executive had agreed it was advisable the public wear "face coverings" for short periods of time in enclosed spaces where social distancing was not possible.
But she stressed that did not mean members of the public should use surgical face masks.
Speaking from a Stormont press conference on Thursday, Mrs Foster said the Executive will continue its work on the phased plan to exit lockdown over the coming days.
However, she said it has not been possible to change coronavirus restrictions or guidelines due to the rate of transmission hovering between 0.8 and 0.9.
It comes as a further four coronavirus-linked deaths have been reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland
Figures released on Thursday show that up to 9.30am there were two deaths in the past 24 hours and another two previously unreported.
The death toll in Northern Ireland now stands at 422.
Here's how Thursday unfolded: