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Coronavirus: First case of community transmission in Northern Ireland as nine more diagnosed with Covid-19

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Danger: The presence of Covid-19 will be felt across the country for months to come. Photo: Reuters

Danger: The presence of Covid-19 will be felt across the country for months to come. Photo: Reuters

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Danger: The presence of Covid-19 will be felt across the country for months to come. Photo: Reuters

The first "community transmission" cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

It comes as nine new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed, bringing the total number to 29.

It's the largest rise in a single day, up from an increase of two on Thursday and two on Wednesday.

A total of 321 tests have been completed in Northern Ireland, in cases where people met the case definition for suspected coronavirus.

"A significant number of further tests have been carried out for surveillance and clinical purposes, for example, for patients in intensive care and other hospital settings with respiratory symptoms," a Department of Health spokesperson said.

Health Minister Robin Swann has said health service activity across Northern Ireland will be severely curtailed due to coronavirus.

Affected services will include non-urgent outpatient appointments, day cases, inpatient and diagnostic work. The process of scaling back provision will be phased in over the days and weeks ahead.

GPs will prioritise work to address coronavirus cases and practices may reduce certain services.

Currently, only non-urgent outpatients, day case, inpatient and diagnostic services will be reduced. Suspect cancer cases and other urgent care will continue, unless advised by the applicable Trust.

Meanwhile the death of the first patient in Scotland took the total for the UK to 11 as health authorities also recorded another big jump in positive tests – up to 798 as of 9am on Friday, up from 590 at the same point on Thursday.

Belfast Telegraph