Two more coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland

Two more coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded by the Department of Health. Credit: PA

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland has risen to 518 after two more deaths was reported by the Department of Health.

The Department of Health’s latest update show a further 16 confirmed positive cases of the virus, bringing the total number to 4,679.

Stormont's leaders have announced a series of proposed lockdown relaxations in Northern Ireland.

The measures, which have been earmarked to come into effect from June 8,include small marriages in an outdoor setting with guests limited to 10.

In the Republic of Ireland, mandatory travel quarantine regulations have come into effect from today.

Passengers will be required to complete a 'Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form' to help with contact tracing.

These regulations don't apply to transport workers or those crossing the border from Northern Ireland.

Failure to fill in a form, or providing false information, will be an offenceunder regulations signed by Health minister Simon Harris.

Penalties range from a maximum fine of 2,500 euro or up to six months in jail.

Exempted categories also include passengers who are transiting through thecountry without leaving the port or airport.

Passengers who are travelling immediately onwards to Northern Ireland will only have to fill out their name and signature on the form.

"This is a temporary measure that is being introduced in a time of a publichealth crisis," Mr Harris said.

"The people of Ireland have managed to suppress Covid-19 in our communities, and through their actions are enabling the resumption of social and economic life.

"The Government is concerned that as we move towards the easing of measures, the risk of importing new cases through non-essential travel increases.

"The introduction of these rules is aimed to limit this risk.

"We continue to advise Irish citizens and residents against all non-essentialinternational travel, and passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas areasked to self-isolate for 14 days.

"Like all other measures we've introduced during this public health crisis,the purpose of these regulations is to stop the spread of Covid-19 and toprotect people from this virus."

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