Coronavirus: Number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland have jumped by almost 50 per cent in one day

THERE has been a near 50 per cent jump in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland in a day.

The Public Health Agency said on Friday: “As of 2.00pm on Friday 13 March, testing has resulted in nine new positive cases bringing the total number of cases in Northern Ireland to 29.”

The figure on Thursday had been 20.

The Public Health Agency is currently establishing if any of the new cases fall into the category of community transmission.

A total of 321 tests have been completed in Northern Ireland, in cases where people met the case definition for suspected coronavirus.

Health chiefs say a significant number of further tests have been carried out for surveillance and clinical purposes – for example, for patients in intensive care and other hospital settings with respiratory symptoms.

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