Twenty members of staff at Craigavon Hospital in Co Armagh are self-isolating after colleagues tested positive for Covid-19.

The Southern Health Trust has confirmed that three staff members at the hospital's respiratory emergency department have tested positive for the virus and 20 members of staff were self-isolating as a precaution.

In a statement, the Trust said any other members of staff who have been in close contact with the confirmed cases are being tested and are currently at home isolating as a precaution.

"At this stage it is understood that the infection may have transferred in a social setting, ie not within the Emergency Department," the Trust said.

"Staff in the ED wear full personal protective equipment when treating patients, therefore we do not believe there is any risk to patients at this time.

"The ED in Craigavon remains open but is extremely busy and we would urge the public only to attend if there is no other alternative."


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47 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland today, taking the total number of cases to 6,823. No further deaths have been reported.

There are currently 10 confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospital, with one in ICU.

According to the department of health's daily coronavirus infection figures, 359 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland in the last seven days.

The highest number of cases over the last seven days have been in the Mid and East Antrim Council area (95) followed by Belfast (76) and Antrim and Newtownabbey (44).

The current estimate of the virus reproduction number in Northern Ireland is 1.0-1.6.