There have been 1,066 new cases of coronavirus recorded in Northern Ireland during the past 24 hours, the second highest daily figure. 

Based on population sizes, that is equivalent to over 2,700 south of the border. 

One further death has been recorded, taking the official Department of Health toll to 588.

It is the second time Northern Ireland has recorded more than 1,000 new cases in three days.

The figure is 600 higher than the number of new cases last Sunday.

The 7-day infection rate per 100,000 in Northern Ireland is 314.0.

The rate in the worst affected area - Derry and Strabane - is now 946.4.

Belfast is second highest, with a rate of 440.8, followed by Mid Ulster on 352.5 and Newry, Mourne and Down on 325.2.


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Another unwanted milestone has been reached with the cumulative number of positive tests in Northern Ireland now standing at 20,158. 

The Stormont executive will meet on Tuesday to discuss next steps.

A second member of the executive, Minister for Communities Carál Ní Chuiíin, is self isolating for 14 days after close family members tested positive for Covid-19.

In a tweet, the North Belfast MLA said she will work remotely during that time. 

Her Sinn Féin party colleague and Stormont's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill is also self isolating after a family member tested positive, although she herself tested negative.