Friday’s update: Three new Covid cases in Mid & East Antrim in last day

There have been three new Covid cases in Mid & East Antrim in the last day.

15 new cases were reported across Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

There have been 432 cases in Mid & East Antrim out of 10,185 people tested in the area since the pandemic started.

There have been 467 cases in Antrim & Newtownabbey and 324 in Causeway Coast & Glens.

The total number of cases in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began is 6,064.

The number of people who have died across Northern Ireland since the pandemic began, according to the Department of Health, is 556.

In Mid & East Antrim, since the pandemic started, the number of people who died is 43 according to Department of Health statistics.

The Health Department says there have been 59 deaths in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 39 in Causeway Coast and Glens.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has urged citizens across the borough to remain vigilant amid the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Since 25 May, when the Northern Ireland contact tracing pilot ended and the full test and trace programme went live, 23 clusters have been identified in total, 11 of which remain open.

According to the Public Health Agency, 168 cases of Covid-19 have been associated with these clusters. Nine clusters have had five or more cases associated with them. Three of these have been identified in Mid and East Antrim.

Mayor Peter Johnston said: “This remains an extemely concerning time for our citizens and I appeal to everybody within our community to adhere to the Public Health Agency and Executive guidance.

“We all have a vital role to play in battling this pandemic, which has caused so much devastation right around the world.

“It is so important we all continue to socially distance, wash our hands regularly and take every precaution to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“I also encourage everybody to download the StopCOVID NI app, which alerts users if they have been in close contact with other users who have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Council continues to do all we can to support our community at this time.”

The app is available to download from Apple and Google app.

It supports and supplements the Public Health Agency’s existing telephone-based contact tracing operation that already exists to minimise the spread of the virus.

Everyone with symptoms of coronavirus can book a free test. If anyone is concerned that they are experiencing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, they must self-isolate and arrange a test as soon as possible. For further information on the virus, its symptoms and how to book a test, visit www.pha.site/coronavirus

If you receive a positive test result you will be contacted by the PHA’s Contact Tracing Service from (028) 9536 8888.

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