First coronavirus death confirmed in Northern Ireland

The patient was being treated in a hospital in the greater Belfast area

The Department of Health has confirmed Northern Ireland’s first COVID-19 death this morning.

A patient that had tested positive for the coronavirus has died in a hospital in the greater Belfast area.

A spokesperson for DoH informed the press that the patient was “elderly” and “being treated for underlying health conditions”

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.”

First Minister for Northern Ireland Arlene Foster tweeted: “Our thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of the patient who has died. This is not unexpected news. We knew this pandemic would cost precious lives. We cannot stop it.”

While Michelle O’Neill, Deputy First minister said: “At the heart of this is a person who has lost their life to Covid-19. While we knew this day would come, it doesn’t make it any less devastating for the loved ones of that individual. I offer them my heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time.”

As of yesterday the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland stands at 68, while the Republic of Ireland have 366 confirmed cases and two deaths.

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