A patient who tested positive for Covid-19 has died in a hospital in Northern Ireland.

A Department of Health spokesperson revealed that the patient was elderly, had an underlying medical condition and was being treated in hospital.

The spokesperson also confirmed that there had been 20 new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 128.  

The total number of tests completed in Northern Ireland is 2,484.

Commenting; Health Minister Robin Swann said: “My deepest condolences go to the friends and family of this patient. This heart-breaking news should bring it home to every one of us that coronavirus is a real and present danger across our community. 

 “It is essential that we all follow the public health advice on keeping a safe distance, washing our hands and staying at home. We all must ensure we reduce our social interactions and we must not make unnecessary visits or take unnecessary journeys.   

“We have received concerning reports of a minority of people who are flouting our social distancing advice. These behaviours are putting the people themselves, their families and their friends and neighbours at risk. 

“Coronavirus is a threat across generations and all walks of life. We all need to unite to fight against it.”