As the Stormont Executive announced the reopening of swimming pools, spas, bowling alleys and community centres in Northern Ireland from Friday, it has now been 10 days since the last Covid-19 related death, according to the latest update from the Department of Health.

Spectators will also be allowed to attend outdoor sporting venues if the operator can ensure "control access and ensure adherence to social distancing".

The Health Minister, Robin Swann, is due to be given legal powers to make weraing a face mask mandatory from August 1 which will be enforced if needed from August 20.

The total nuber of deaths remains at 556, with the last recorded on July 13.

There were eight positive individuals tested oout of 1,382. There are now 5,876 positive tests in Northern Ireland, with 132,869 people tested.

Fermanagh and Omagh Local Government District remains the least affected area with 181 positive individuals out 7,776 tested. There have been two positive tests in the last two weeks in the district. 

The area has 11 deaths, however the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) reported there were 17 deaths in the district up until July 10.

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

NISRA data shows death toll reached 844 by July 10 and this includes care homes/ in the community/hospice and hospitals.

The new data collection by the department refers to both Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust Laboratory completed tests (Pillar 1) and National Initiative Laboratory completed tests (Pillar 2).