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Here are the latest coronavirus figures for Northern Ireland.
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There have been 656 further positive cases – the highest daily total recorded in Northern Ireland since the middle of last month.
The Department of Health #COVID19 dashboard has been updated with latest data.
656 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sadly, a further 12 deaths have been reported (2 deaths were outside the 24 hour period).https://t.co/YN16dmGzhv pic.twitter.com/agGsJAams1