Four people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Fermanagh and Omagh in the last 24 hours, according to the daily update released by the Department of Health.

It brings the toal number of positive cases in the district to 86.

The total number of deaths in Northern Ireland due to Covid-19 has risen to 535 with one further death reported by the Department of Health in the last 24 hours.

33 individuals tested positive in Northern Ireland out of 1,317 which bring the total number to 4,773.

The latest statistics from the Department of Health are mainly from hospital fatalities where a person has tested positive.

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) data shows death toll reached 716 by May 22 and this includes care homes/ in the community/hospice and hospitals.

Fermanagh and Omagh is still the least affected area with 10 deaths confirmed, however the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) reported there were 16 deaths in the district up until May 22.

Also, as the Executive announced the easing of some Covid-19 restrictions, the Department of Health have said the current reproduction number (R) of the virus is currently between 0.7 and 0.9 in a new weekly update.

This current estimate has enabled the Executive to make the decision to ease restrictions.

The R rate indicates the number of people an infect person passes the virus on to and is the only factor which will influence decisions about social distancing and other restrictions. 

When R is above 1, the transmission of the epidemic will increase, resulting in more cases, hospital admissions and deaths.  The greater the value of R above 1, the more rapid the increase.  When R is below 1, there will be a fall in the number of cases, hospital admissions and deaths.  The further R is below 1, the more rapid the fall will be.