Health Minister Robin Swann has expressed his deep sadness at the news that 14 further COVID-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today.
The Minister said: "My thoughts are very much with the families and friends of those who have passed away.
"These tragic losses once again underline the reality that the virus still represents a very serious threat to our population.
"We have undoubtedly made progress in pushing down Omicron numbers, thanks to the efforts everyone has made and the rapid roll-out of vaccine boosters.
"However, we must never lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 can still cause devastation to families and communities.
"Please do all you can to prevent the spread of the virus. Even if you think the risk to you from infection may be relatively low, you could still pass it on to someone who is very vulnerable.
"I would again appeal for more people to come forward for their boosters without delay. If you are not yet vaccinated, please get your jab. Boosters and first and second doses are widely available across Northern Ireland."