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Seven more coronavirus deaths takes NI total to 70

The number of coronavirus cases in NI is still rising. Credit: PA

Seven more people who tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland have sadly died, taking the total to 70.

According to the latest figures from the Public Health Agency, testing has resulted in 69 more positive cases.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland now stands at 1,158.

Health Minister Robin Swann visits the main PPE distribution centre. Credit: Michael Cooper

Earlier, Health Minister Robin Swann visited the main distribution centre for Personal Protection Equipment for frontline health and social care workers.

The Belfast visit came on the day the first batch of a fresh order from the NHS was delivered to Northern Ireland.

The order will comprise some 5.5 million items in total.

The first batch includes 1,320,000 aprons and 307,800 FFP3 respirator masks.

I want to make clear that we have sufficient PPE supply for current demand and will continue to actively model projected demand.

We are working extremely hard to secure more supplies, given anticipated future demand and the likelihood of a second surge later in the year.

– Health Minister Robin Swann

Mr Swann added: “As I have stated, there’s not a country in the world that can definitively say it has enough PPE in stock, given the global uncertainty about the path this virus will take.

“We are continuing to proactively pursue all feasible PPE supply routes, both international and local.

“I can confirm that further supply is being sourced from the local economy.”

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