There have been five further deaths linked to Covid-19 in the last 24-hours in Northern Ireland, while 727 new cases of the virus have also been recorded, the Department of Health there has announced.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 658.

There have been 34,832 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, including 6,828 in the last seven days.

There are currently 342 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital, with 39 in intensive care.

A ward at Ulster Hospital on the outskirts of Belfast has closed to new admissions due to patients and staff being affected by Covid-19.

The South Eastern Health Trust has confirmed there are "currently a number of staff and patients affected by Covid-19 in a medical ward at the Ulster Hospital".


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Meanwhile, Police in Northern Ireland have issued more than 3,000 fines and warnings related to coronavirus regulations.

The 3,118 total includes 45 fines of £1,000 for failure to self-isolate.

There have also been 1,598 penalty notices, 1,075 community resolution notices and 400 prohibition notices handed out since March.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) released the figures as part of their weekly update on policing the regulations.

The vast majority of the fines or warnings were issued in the Belfast City Council area (1,327).

Next was Derry City and Strabane (503), followed by Newry, Mourne and Down (240), Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon (236), Antrim and Newtownabbey (169) and Fermanagh and Omagh (167).

The fewest have been handed out in the Lisburn and Castlereagh council area (49).