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Coronavirus: 1,586 New Cases Confirmed

The incidence of Covid-19 amongst primary school children has dropped back down to levels seen in earlier stages of the pandemic.

The incidence of Covid-19 amongst primary school children has dropped back down to levels seen in earlier stages of the pandemic, according to the Chief Medical Officer.

1,586 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed today by the Department of Health - an increase of 527 in 24 hours.

Last week the rules for children who are close contacts with someone in school changed, so they would no longer have to restrict their movements if they have no symptoms.

Dr Tony Holohan says the reduction in positive cases in schools is an encouraging sign:

In the North, 992 more people have tested positive for Covid-19.

One more patient with the disease has been confirmed dead in the last day.

342 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, down 55 on this day last week.

Another 121 people have died in the UK within 4 weeks of a positive coronavirus test.

There were just over 30-thousand 300 new infections recorded in the daily figures.

That's a fall of around 5-thousand from yesterday's figure.

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