Coronavirus updates: Parties divided on opening cemeteries in Northern Ireland

The Covid-19 death toll in Northern Ireland is on course to be greatly reduced but “complacency will kill”, the Health Minister has said.

obin Swann said yesterday that new modelling figures put the reasonable worst case scenario at 1,500 deaths during the first wave of the outbreak, just a tenth of the initial estimate of 15,000.

It comes after Pat McManus, originally from Strabane, passed away on Sunday after contracting coronavirus.

His heartbroken brother Martin said his 60-year-old sibling, who worked at Stafford County Hospital, was described as a “loveable leader” by those who knew him.

And the children of “hero” carer Martina McCarron, who passed away after contracting Covid-19, have said she was always passionate about her work. Fintona mother-of-four Martina died in the South West Acute Hospital in Co Fermanagh on April 15. She had been admitted on Good Friday.

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Belfast Telegraph

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