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Death of six coronavirus patients in Northern Ireland brings toll to 36

Thursdays’ daily bulletin from the Public Health Agency also revealed 85 new positive tests.

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A man pushes a bicycle laden with bags as he passes by a sign in Belfast urging the public to practise social distancing (PA)

A man pushes a bicycle laden with bags as he passes by a sign in Belfast urging the public to practise social distancing (PA)

A man pushes a bicycle laden with bags as he passes by a sign in Belfast urging the public to practise social distancing (PA)

The number of people who have died in Northern Ireland after contracting coronavirus has risen by six to 36, health officials said.

In the same 24-hour period testing resulted in 85 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the region to 774.

In Thursdays’ daily bulletin, the Public Health Agency (PHA) said the 85 new cases had been identified following 449 tests.

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The latest figures bring the total number of coronavirus tests carried out to 6,899 amid calls for testing to be ramped up.

Health minister Robin Swann said testing centres are being prepared at the SSE arena in Belfast and MOT test centres.

The latest PHA bulletin also reveals that most tests have been carried out by the Belfast health trust (2,639), followed by the South Eastern trust (1,550), Southern trust (1,111), Northern trust (701), Western trust (677) and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (80).

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A drive-thru coronavirus testing facility being built in the car park of the SSE Arena in Belfast. (Niall Carson/PA)

A drive-thru coronavirus testing facility being built in the car park of the SSE Arena in Belfast. (Niall Carson/PA)

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A drive-thru coronavirus testing facility being built in the car park of the SSE Arena in Belfast. (Niall Carson/PA)

Most of the positive results were recorded in Belfast (226), followed by Lisburn and Castlereagh council area (97) and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council area (79). The fewest recorded positive cases are in the Causeway Coast and Glens council area (19).

Men and woman are equally represented among those who tested positive, at 50% each.

In terms of the age range, some 32% of the positive tests were people aged between 0-44 years, 40% were between 45-69 years and 28% were aged 70 or over.

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