Now 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland

THERE are now 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

A Department of Health statement said: ‘As of 2pm on Thursday 19 March, testing has resulted in 9 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 77’.

Earlier the Department confirmed that sadly one of those who had tested positive had died – the first death in the pandemic in Northern Ireland.

The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,646.

The statement added: ‘People with mild symptoms – new persistent cough and/or fever – should stay at home and self-isolate. They will not require testing and will not therefore be included in testing totals.’

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