Well being Minister Robin Swann has expressed concern following a spike in Covid-19 instances.
Some 1,083 instances had been notified by the Division of Well being at the moment, up from 636 yesterday.
That is the primary time the day by day case quantity has been over 1,000 for the reason that peak of the third wave of the pandemic in mid January.
The variety of folks testing constructive over the previous seven days is now at 4,437.
The common seven-day incident charge per 100,000 folks throughout Northern Eire was 234 at the moment.
Derry and Strabane had the best charge at 372 adopted by Belfast on 319 whereas Fermanagh and Omagh had the bottom charge at 9.
Robin Swann stated the rise in instances is within the youthful age teams, and urged all to take up the coronavirus vaccine.
“We’ve got seen the numbers climb in latest weeks however at the moment’s spike in instances is trigger for concern,” he stated.
“That is the primary time since January that we’re reporting a day by day change of over 1,000 constructive instances, and whereas we’re in a extra lucky place with a big proportion of the inhabitants now vaccinated we should stay cautious.
“We’d like everybody to play their half in serving to to cease the unfold of the virus.
“Our recommendation stays the identical, keep on with pointers and rules, all adults aged 18 and over ought to get vaccinated, and make sure you and your shut contacts self-isolate when you check constructive.
“Sadly, we’re seeing a rise in instances within the youthful age group so I might make a selected enchantment to this group to get vaccinated.
“Covid-19 has left many with debilitating long-term well being points, don’t put your self in danger, get the vaccine.
“All of us need to benefit from the summer time however we should proceed to do it safely.”
No additional coronavirus-linked deaths had been reported on Thursday leaving the toll at 2,159.
In the meantime, this morning there have been 80 Covid-19 constructive sufferers in hospital, with two in intensive care.
Chief Medical Officer Sir Michael McBride stated vaccination “is essential to stopping severe sickness”.
“With such excessive an infection ranges circulating in the neighborhood it is important that each one these eligible for vaccination come ahead for his or her jab,” he stated.
“Our vaccination programme has been very profitable and there’s no doubt that many individuals are alive in Northern Eire at the moment as a result of they’ve been vaccinated.”
Dr McBride stated the well being service is presently struggling to deal with the present ranges of demand for care.
“We merely can’t proceed so as to add extra stress,” he stated.
“We should work collectively to drive down an infection ranges.
“This implies we should all proceed to comply with the behaviours that we’re all accustomed to, and that we all know restrict the unfold of the virus.”
Earlier First Minister Paul Givan inspired take up of the coronavirus vaccine as he obtained his second dose on the SSE Area in Belfast.
He described the vaccine as key to escaping the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic and the impression on our lives.
Mr Givan described “power in numbers” as vital, including: “the extra folks get vaccinated the higher outfitted we’re collectively we’re to battle this virus”.
Up to now, 2,145,799 vaccines have been administered.