There have been a further 13 deaths in hospitals in Northern Ireland from Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.
The latest figures show that the death toll has now reached 263.
From Wednesday a further 1,006 tests were carried out on 858 patients with an extra 142 positive cases. An additional 118 tests were carried out at national testing sites.
There have now been 3,016 positive cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.
Speaking at the Executive's daily press briefing Economy Minister Diane Dodds said she supported the reopening of cemeteries in a "controlled manner", with ministers set to discuss the issue tomorrow.
She also criticised the "regrettable intervention" of Sinn Fein junior minister Declan Kearney who said "some unionists" and "right wing" elements in the UK Government wanted to put the economy before public health.
"This is not a matter of lives versus the economy, saving lives is our utmost priority but we too must protect the economy and plan for a safe and phased and step by step transition back to normality," Mrs Dodds said.
She said that for every month the UK remains in lockdown it will lose 2 to 3% of GDP. The Economy Minister described it as a "significant recession".
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