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No Covid-19 deaths for second day in a row as hospitality sector to open earlier than expected

No further Covid-19 deaths have been reported in Northern ireland for the second consecutive day, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It means the total number of deaths remain at 541.

A further four people have tested positive for the coronavirus bringing that total to 4,852.

There are currently 38 Covid-19 in-patients across Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, hotels, bars and cafes in Northern Ireland could begin trading almost three weeks earlier than originally anticipated.

Economy Minister Diane Dodds says the executive is to discuss bringing forward the reopening of the hospitality and tourism sector to July 3, rather than the original date of July 20.

Speaking on Good Morning Ulster Mrs Dodds said: “It’s no secret that I have done a paper for the executive.

“We’ve been looking at this issue for quite some time, and I would like our sector here to open in broadly the same way as other parts of the British Isles, so I’m looking forward to the executive meeting.”

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