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Coronavirus: Second patient dies from COVID-19 in Northern Ireland hospital

'This heart-breaking news should bring it home to every one of us that coronavirus is a real and present danger across our community'

Coronavirus

A patient who tested positive for COVID-19 has sadly died in a hospital in Northern Ireland.

And there have been 20 new cases of coronavirus confirmed here, bringing the total to 128.

The patient who died was elderly, had an underlying medical condition and was being treated in hospital, according to the Department of Health.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “My deepest condolences go to the friends and family of this patient.

“This heart-breaking news should bring it home to every one of us that coronavirus is a real and present danger across our community.

“It is essential that we all follow the public health advice on keeping a safe distance, washing our hands and staying at home.

“We all must ensure we reduce our social interactions and we must not make unnecessary visits or take unnecessary journeys.

“We have received concerning reports of a minority of people who are flouting our social distancing advice. These behaviours are putting the people themselves, their families and their friends and neighbours at risk.

“Coronavirus is a threat across generations and all walks of life. We all need to unite to fight against it.”

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