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No further deaths reported from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

Today's figures come as it was confirmed the COVID-19 Charities Fund would be reopening from Monday

There have been no further deaths as a result of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

But the daily update provided by the Department of Health has indicated that there have been nine new positive cases.

The figures relate to the past 24 hours up until 10am on Wednesday.

It means there have now been a total of 75 confirmed cases in the past week.

The total number of deaths – provided by the Department of Health – has been given as 556.

Today’s figures come as it was confirmed the COVID-19 Charities Fund would be reopening from Monday.

The announcement was made by Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

The funding programme, which is being administered on behalf of the Department for Communities by The National Lottery Community Fund, will provide financial support to charities which have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are unable to cover unavoidable costs until September 30,

A diverse range of charities have already received funding ranging from £1,000 to £75,000 in the initial tranche with an average request for £21,000 financial assistance.

The Minister urged all eligible charities to apply to the funding programme, which will be open for three weeks from Monday.

She said: “It is really important that we help those who helped us during this global pandemic and I am delighted to be launching the second round of the COVID-19 Charities Fund, which will be open for applications from 3 August.

“Reopening for a further three weeks will ensure more groups have the opportunity to apply and I would encourage all organisations including small and grassroot groups to apply to the fund.

“Over a third of applications to date have been for less than £10,000 so this fund is for all charities of all sizes facing different levels of financial hardship.”

The programme will provide up to £75,000 for eligible organisations and the amount of funding required to cover immediate costs and prevent short term closure will vary for each organisation.

Organisations wishing to avail of the funding programme must meet a number of eligibility points. Help is available to make an application. Further information can be found on the Department’s website at www.communities-ni.gov.uk/covid-19-charities-fund

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