Coronavirus: Rise in Covid-19 cases is ‘deeply concerning’

Coronavirus: Rise in Covid-19 cases is ‘deeply concerning’

  • The rising number of Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland is “deeply concerning”, Health Minister Robin Swann has said.

At the weekend, 398 new positive cases were recorded, with almost 1,000 in the past seven days.

In a social media post, Mr Swann said “important decisions to be taken in the days and weeks ahead”.

He added that “everyone must play their part by following public health advice”.

The minister’s comments comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the UK was facing a “tipping point”.

“If everybody follows the rules then we can avoid further national lockdown,” Mr Hancock added.

‘Step up’

On Saturday, the highest number of people tested positive for the virus since the Department of Health rolled out its current testing model.

There were 222 positive cases and then another 176 cases confirmed on Sunday.

There have been 977 positive tests in the last seven days.

Coronavirus-related death statistics are not updated at the weekend in Northern Ireland, where the death toll recorded by the Department of Health stands at 575.

According to the department’s statistical dashboard, 21 people are in hospital with Covid-19, four in intensive care units.