Northern Ireland: 1,012 new cases of COVID-19 reported as death toll rises

Once again, there have been over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Sadly, five further people have died in the North from the virus.

1,012 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Health for Northern Ireland this afternoon.

The total number of positive cases since the outbreak of COVID-19 has now risen to 27,220.

The death toll now stands at 615.

As it stands, 30 people are in ICU with COVID-19.

228 patients are currently in hospital as a result of the virus.

The highest increase, in terms of area, was in Belfast.

285 new cases were confirmed in the Antrim city.

A 'circuit-breaker' lockdown has been enforced in the six counties by the Northern Irish government.

From tomorrow, schools in Northern Ireland are closing for two weeks until November 2.

It is one of a number of measures seeking to curb the rising numbers - which has seen record-highs recorded three times in the last seven days.

Pubs and restaurants have been closed for four weeks with the exception of take-away and delivery services.

1,217 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday.

Then, 1,299 new cases were announced on Thursday - the highest in one day so far.