Statement from the Department of Health

Date published: 24 March 2020

The Department of Health can today confirm that Northern Ireland’s total of COVID-19 related deaths is now five.

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A patient who was in their eighties and had underlying health conditions has sadly died at Antrim Hospital.

In addition, an earlier death has also been confirmed as COVID-19 related.

Health Minister Robin Swann stated: “My deepest sympathies are extended to the families affected.

“These deaths must never become mere statistics. Behind each of them is a family plunged into grief.”

From today, the Public Health Agency is publishing daily Covid-19 surveillance bulletins which will provide further detail on the number of tests carried out and the geographic spread of positive cases.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The most recent COVID-19 death is not included in the Public Health Agency surveillance report, but will be included from tomorrow.
  2. The report is published on the Public Health Agency website.
  3. Media queries to Department for Health Information Office on 028 9052 0571. Out of hours contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.
  4. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt

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