Five more test positive for coronavirus in Mid & East Antrim but for the first day since March 18 no Covid related deaths have occurred in Northern Ireland

FIVE more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Mid & East Antrim but for the first day since March 18 no Covid related deaths have occurred in Northern Ireland.

The total number of cases in the borough since the pandemic began is 310.

The Department of Health statistics were issued on Tuesday.

There are different statistics relating to the number of deaths regarding coronavirus with the Department of Health figure saying there have been 39 deaths in the borough and NISRA (Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency) figures – which are published weekly on Fridays – putting the borough’s Covid-related death toll at 43.

The NISRA stats show there were 652 deaths related to pandemic across Northern Ireland and the Department of Health’s current figure is 514.

There have been 384 cases of people testing positive for coronavirus in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 216 in the Causeway Coast and Glens area since the start of the pandemic.

Across Northern Ireland, it was revealed on Tuesday, there have been 28 new cases of people testing positive to bring the total number of positive cases since the start of the crisis to 4,637.

There have been no Covid-19 related deaths reported by Northern Ireland’s Department of Health in the past 24 hours.

It is the first day since 18 March – almost 10 weeks ago – that no deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland.

The latest figures from the department state the total number of people who have died remains the same as Monday’s total of 514 deaths.

Health Minister Robin Swann said it was “a clear sign of progress”.

“We all have been waiting for a day like this,” he told Stormont’s daily press conference on Tuesday.

Although there was a clear downward trend, there were “no grounds for complacency”, he added.

“If people get it into their heads that this emergency is over, the consequences will be catastrophic,” the BBC reported him as saying.

Complacency, said the minister, would be an “insult to those who have lost their lives and to those mourning them”.

“A second wave of the virus is also expected in the months ahead so we must keep our defences up,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

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