Northern Ireland has recorded the first death of a patient who had Covid-19.
An elderly patient has passed away in hospital, it was confirmed.
The patient had an underlying medical condition and was being treated for illness in a hospital in the greater Belfast area.
Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I want to express my deep sadness at this death and send my condolences to the patient’s family and friends. It is, of course, essential that we respect their privacy at this sad time.
“I would once again appeal to everyone to play their part in fighting the spread of this virus.”
As of yesterday, Northern Ireland had 68 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Schools across Northern Ireland are to close to pupils from Friday.