The Department of Health has reported a further five coronavirus related deaths.

According to the latest update, four of the fatalities occurred within the current reporting period and one outside of it.

The death toll in Northern Ireland now stands at 2,026, according to the DoH.

Friday’s dashboard update also reports a further 313 positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 110,440 since the start of the pandemic.

Over the past seven days, the Department says 2,072 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.

There are currently 403 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 49 in intensive care.

Meanwhile, updates to coronavirus restrictions were announced by the Northern Ireland Executive on Thursday.

First Minister Arlene Foster said lockdown will be extended until April 1 and a full review of current restrictions will be made on March 18.

The current restrictions were to be in place to March 5, but the Executive took the decision that they needed to be extended for another four weeks.

This is to ensure there is not another surge in coronavirus cases.

Mrs Foster said: “So our clear priority at this point is to continue to keep the R rate below 1 for our cases and to achieve this it is considered a full lifting of the current restrictions is not possible at this point.

“I know that that will come as a disappointment but it is a pragmatic and sensible approach and it is important to be clear that we will only maintain restrictions which are proportionate and necessary and so we will keep them under continual review on an on-going basis.”

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