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One Covid-19 death in NI and two more confirmed cases in past 24 hours

One more person has died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

It brings the death toll from the virus in Northern Ireland to 549.

A further two cases of the virus were reported in the timeframe bringing the total number to 5,750.

Another 1,851 tests were carried out on 1,517 people, bringing the total number of tests carried out to 132,647 on 107,891 people.

Meanwhile, funding worth £60,000 was today given to Women’s Aid to provide care packages for families who have been victims of domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The package was announced as the Health Minister Robin Swann, Justice Minister Naomi Long, and Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín reminded victims of domestic or sexual abuse during the pandemic of the help available to them.

Announcing the funding, Minister Swann said: “We are acutely aware of how difficult lockdown has been for those affected by domestic abuse. We want people to know that they are not alone and that help continues to be available 24/7. The Department of Health has provided Women’s Aid with an additional £60,000 to provide an initial care package for families who have experienced, or been a victim of, domestic abuse.

“This package will provide food parcels, home based resources and games for families, including laptops and mobile phones.”

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