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Coronavirus Northern Ireland updates: One further death as NI's shops reopen

  • NI death toll at 539
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Shops in Belfast city xcentre open after coronavirus brought the shutters down. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Shops in Belfast city xcentre open after coronavirus brought the shutters down. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Shops in Belfast city xcentre open after coronavirus brought the shutters down. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

There has been one Covid-19 death in Northern Ireland over the past 24 hours, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It brings the total death toll from the virus to 539.

There have been 16 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 after 1,330 tests were carried out on 886 people.

It brings the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Ireland to 4,838.

There are currently 343 Covid-19 patients in Northern Ireland's hospitals, with eight in intensive care units.

Northern Ireland's care homes currently have 56 confirmed outbreaks of the virus, while 88 have been closed after the virus was found to no longer be present in the homes.

It comes after the latest government statistics showed the number of Covid-19-related deaths in Northern Ireland has fallen for the sixth week in a row.

Figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show that, in the week of May 30 to June 5, there were 19 deaths involving Covid-19.

Up to June 5, 779 people have died here in which Covid-19 was considered a factor.

On Friday shops across Northern Ireland were finally able to open their doors after three months of lockdown.

Follow how today's events unfolded:

Belfast Telegraph