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Coronavirus: Nine new cases confirmed in Northern Ireland with one death registered

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There have been nine new cases of Covid-19 coronavirus reported in Northern Ireland this afternoon (Friday).

The Department of Health released who released the figures say that as of 2pm on Friday, March 20, testing has resulted in nine new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 86.

To date, one person who tested positive has sadly died.

The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 1,816.

People with mild symptoms – new persistent cough and/or fever – should stay at home and self-isolate. They will not require testing and will not therefore be included in testing totals.

Meanwhile, The Southern Trust has cancelled most out-patient appointments because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, there are a number of exceptional appointments which will not be subject to cancellation.

A Trust spokesperson said: “Health service activity across Northern Ireland is being curtailed as a result of coronavirus.

“In the Southern Health Trust, with the exception of, ante natal, anticoagulant and fracture appointments, most hospital outpatient clinics are cancelled until further notice.

“The Trust will directly contact any patient whose appointment will go ahead. Where possible, some patient consultations will be via telephone. If you are not contacted by the Trust please do not come to the hospital.

“Your appointment will be rescheduled in due course. We apologise for the inconvenience and short notice but this decision has been taken in the interest of patient safety and to create hospital capacity.”

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