The Department of Health has recorded 222 more positive cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

It is the highest number of people testing positive for coronavirus in NI since the Department of Health rolled out its current testing model.

It means 913 people have now tested positive in the last seven days, and brings the overall total to 9,165.

On Friday five more patients across two NI hospitals – Craigavon and Daisy Hill – died after Covid-19 outbreaks.

The deaths of the patients linked to the outbreaks in hospitals will be debated in the assembly next week.

The highest level of a hospital investigation is already underway in Craigavon, will now be extended to Daisy Hill.

Health Minister Robin Swann said he was deeply sorry that families had been “plunged into grief in such disturbing circumstances”.

“Thorough investigations are absolutely essential and I am determined that no stone will be left unturned in pursuit of the truth for these families,” he said.

“My department is being updated at the highest level about this situation.”

Read more: BBC News

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