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Positive people Coronavirus: Northern Ireland sees 119 new positive cases in past 24 hours


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Positive people Coronavirus: Northern Ireland sees 119 new positive cases in past 24 hours

Image copyright Reuters Image caption 119 new positive Covid-19 tests were reported by the Department for Health on Sunday There has been a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours with 119 people testing positive, according to the Department of Health.It is the highest daily rise…

Positive people Coronavirus: Northern Ireland sees 119 new positive cases in past 24 hours

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119 new positive Covid-19 tests were reported by the Department for Health on Sunday

There has been a significant rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours with 119 people testing positive, according to the Department of Health.

It is the highest daily rise in cases since early May.

However, the department’s weekend figures are not full statistics and can reflect a lag in reporting cases.

According to the latest figures, 6,766 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in NI since the pandemic began.

No deaths have been reported, with the total remaining at 559.

In the latest figures, the largest increase in cases came in the Mid and East Antrim Council area, where 42 extra cases were reported.

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Covid-19 cases by council area in NI

It is the highest daily rise in positive cases there since the pandemic began.

It comes after the closure of a meat processing plant in Cullybackey, County Antrim, where 35 cases were identified among the site’s 500 workers.

Positive people School closed after positive case

Meanwhile, Ballyclare Secondary School in County Antrim has said it will not be reopening on Monday morning as planned after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

The school’s principal said that Year 12 and Year 14 pupils will begin their term on Tuesday, 25 August instead.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has said that 60 officers are now self-isolating and undergoing testing for Covid-19.

It was confirmed on Saturday that eight officers had tested positive for the virus, while stations in Antrim and Newtownabbey have been closed for deep cleaning.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said that the stations would remain closed “until further notice”.

“Once again, I would like to reassure the public we have appropriate plans in place across the district to provide a service to the community and keep people safe,” he added.

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The latest figures indicate that 10 people are being treated for Covid-19 in hospital here, but none are in intensive care.

There are currently nine active outbreaks in care homes across Northern Ireland, and six more are suspected.

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Breakdown of coronavirus cases by age

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