There have been nine further Covid-19 deaths recorded in Northern Ireland during the past 24 hours.

It takes the official Department of Health toll to 680.

One of the nine people who died was aged under 19. The death of the young man is the first Covid-19 fatality in the 0-19 age group north of the border.

The death occurred in the Derry and Strabane area.

840 new cases were also reported today, resulting from tests on 3,722 individuals.

There have been 36,394 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, including 6,255 in the last seven days.

There are currently 352 confirmed coronavirus patients in hospital, with 44 in ICU, 37 of whom are on ventilators.

The seven-day infection rate per 100,000 for Northern Ireland is now 332.4.

The rate continues to fall in the Derry and Strabane Council area, where tighter restrictions were introduced before being extended to the rest of Northern Ireland. The seven-day rate there is now 459.9.

The worst area for infection is now Mid Ulster, with a rate of 524, followed by Belfast on 463.3.

The Northern Ireland Executive will meet tomorrow to discuss the impact of current restrictions, which were imposed on 19 October and are due to be in place until 13 November.

Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday after an extended two-week mid-term break.

The Department of Education at Stormont has said it remains the Executive's intention that schools will reopen.

Health officials in Northern Ireland have denied claims they have asked the HSE or hospitals in the Republic to treat Covid-19 patients because of capacity problems.

While a number of hospitals in Northern Ireland have said they are operating "beyond capacity", health officials say there is capacity for more ICU beds if they are required.

Health Minister Robin Swann and the regions Chief Medical Officer said they do not believe they will need to ask hospitals in the Republic to treat Covid-19 patients.

Northern Ireland has 106 intensive care beds, with 44 occupied by Covid-19 patients and 53 by non-Covid-19 patients.

While that means only 13 ICU beds are currently available, the number can be increased by around 50 under "surge plans" to cope with an increase in demand caused by the coronavirus.

A spokesperson said that while there is long-standing cooperation between the health services on both sides of the border, "there is no immediate or anticipated need for mutual aid of this nature".