People flocking to NI beauty spots warned by PSNI to stay home

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Police have warned residents in Northern Ireland to avoid local beauty spots which are becoming crowded. 

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said reports have been made about people visiting Tyrella and Murlough beaches in Co Down and Newcastle town centre this afternoon. 

It prompted him to issue a warning that it may hamper efforts to comply with social distancing.  

"The public should be well aware of the advice from our public health partners and the Government about social distancing and movement and, on that basis, we would encourage people not to drive to local beauty spots for their daily exercise as others may have the same idea and social distancing may not be achievable," he said. 

It comes as the Public Health Agency confirmed two more people have died after contracting Covid-19 in Northern Ireland. 

It brings the death toll here to 15. 

The number of people who've tested positive for the virus has risen by 49 within a single day bringing the total to 324. 

Meanwhile the overall number of positive cases in the UK now stands at 17,089 with 1,028 deaths across the country within a single day. 

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