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Ten more coronavirus deaths takes NI total to 92

The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in NI. Credit: PA

Ten more people who tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland have sadly died, taking the total to 92.

According to the latest figures from the Public Health Agency, testing has resulted in 112 more positive cases.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland now stands at 1,589.

UK-wide, a total of 8,958 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus - up by 980 on the previous day.

  • VIDEO: The NI Executive makes a joint appeal for people to stay home

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In a joint message, the First and deputy First Ministers and the rest of the NI Executive have urged people not to go out over Easter, but to stay at home to save lives and help ease the pressure on frontline healthcare workers.

Arlene Foster said: “Easter is a special time for families and we understand how difficult this year will be for people.

“But this Easter, even though we can’t be together, we can all still do something special.

“We can help to save lives by staying at home, protecting the most vulnerable, protecting our frontline workers, and protecting our health service.”

We should remember that the message of Easter is all about hope. We know and trust that these difficult times will pass. By staying home this weekend, and the days to come, we will protect each other and our whole community and prevent heartbreak being brought to someone’s door.

– First Minister Arlene Foster

Michelle O’Neill said: “We are depending on our healthcare staff and other frontline workers to get us through this time of crisis.

“We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude, and the best way we can show them how much we appreciate what they are doing is by staying at home.

“I know this isn’t easy, but it won’t last forever. So please keep your resolve and don’t go out unless it’s essential. It’s in your gift to save lives.”

Easter is normally a time when people come together and spend time with each other. But this isn’t a normal Easter, and if we behave as normal then more people will lose their lives.

– Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill

Police are maintaining a strong presence on roads and at beauty spots across Northern Ireland over the Easter holidays.

They will be trying to make sure people do not flout the rules on non-essential travel, gatherings and social distancing.

Everyone has been urged to stay at home as much as possible, going out only to shop for essentials as infrequently as possible, to pick up medication, to help someone vulnerable, to exercise once a day alone or with household members, or to travel to essential work that cannot be done from home.

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