Bosses at the Belfast Trust are not expecting a further "significant" Covid-19 surge as Northern Ireland begins to move out of lockdown.
The board of the Belfast Health Trust has been told experts "are not projecting another major surge" similar to the recent deadly wave thanks to the success of the vaccination programme to date.
However, the board was also warned by Charlene Stoops, director of performance planning and informatics, the risk of a further wave of the virus is also dependent on the public adhering to Covid-19 health guidance.
"At this point in time, we are not projecting another major surge," she said.
"We do expect there will be some bumps or blips in the road as we go, and obviously then at government level decisions may be reached around changes to restrictions at points in time, but we don't expect because of the rate of the vaccination programme as well that we will return to anything like what we have just come out of.
"But that would be based on the public following the guidelines as we go forward."
The comments were made as the board was presented with the trust's latest performance report and provided with details on the rebuilding of services in the coming months.
The report revealed, on March 25, there were 18 Covid-19 inpatients in Belfast Trust hospital wards, while there were only two care homes with confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks.
However, the document highlighted the huge impact Covid-19 has had on the ability of the trust to deliver core services while responding to the pandemic.
According to the statistics, the average number of day case procedures carried out each week prior to Covid-19 was 1,232, while 891 were carried out every week during the pandemic.
The average number of elective admissions each week fell from 398 before the pandemic to 254 during the pandemic.
Emergency surgery every week reduced from 177 to 159, while red-flag referrals also decreased from a weekly average of 407 prior to Covid-19 to 343 during the pandemic.
Overall, there was a 30% decrease in the total number of inpatient and day case elective admissions between 2019 and 2020, from 84,748 to 59,502, and a 42% decrease in the number of elective scopes carried out.
There was a 17% decrease in the number of red-flag referrals between 2019 and 2020.
The figures were discussed at Thursday's board meeting as Northern Ireland recorded another day without any further virus deaths.
While 107 new cases were announced, the seven-day case rate is continuing to drop, from 977 on Wednesday to 915 on Thursday, with only 81 cases recorded in people aged 60 and over in the past seven days - providing further evidence of the success of the vaccination programme.
The positive case rate per 100,000 of the population is also declining - down from 56.3 between March 18 and 24 to 48.3 between March 25 to 31.
The number of critically ill Covid-19 patients is remaining steady, but the number of Covid-19 inpatients dropped to 94 on Thursday compared to 101 the day before. Meanwhile, there were five care home outbreaks.
At the same time, the vaccination programme continues to be rolled out at pace, with more than 900,000 doses administered to date. Of these, 756,013 were first doses and 145,753 were second doses.
On Thursday, the Department of Education confirmed all pupils would return to class after the Easter holidays on April 12.
That date will also see an increase in the number who can meet outdoors in a garden, from six to 10 (including children) from two households.
Outdoor sporting activities such as golf and tennis will resume, and all non-essential retail can operate click and collect services.
Those planning a wedding will also be able to view potential venues, such as hotels, restricted to a maximum of four customers per visit. The number of those attending weddings will also increase from the current 25.
Outdoor retail will reopen, including car and other vehicle dealers, caravan and motorhome retailers and sellers of agricultural or other large machinery.
Garden centres, plant nurseries and car washes also open on April 12. Plans to permit groups of up to 15 to train outdoors for sporting activities will be widened to include non-affiliated clubs and trainers
It comes as Northern Ireland's chief medical officer joined forces with the deputy chief medical officer of the Republic, Dr Ronan Glynn, to appeal to people across the island to continue to follow public health advice
In a joint statement, Dr Michael McBride and Dr Glynn said: "We must ask that, once again, we work together to prevent a further wave of infection by celebrating this Easter safely. There are much brighter days ahead."