Two more Covid19 related deaths and almost 160 new cases

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Another two people have died in Northern Ireland after contracting Covid19. 

It brings the total number of deaths recorded by the Department of Health to 2,132.

A further 159 new coronavirus cases have also been confirmed since yesterday. 

It comes as the Executive prepares to announce a range of relaxations to the current restrictions. 

These are the relaxation proposals the PA news agency understands will be considered by the Stormont Executive when it convenes on Thursday:

It's understood close contact services, hairdressers and beauty salons, will be allowed to reopen from April 23. 

Outdoors visitors attractions could also reopen.

Other proposals being considered is the resumption of driving lessons, theory and practical tests.

Licensed and unlicensed premises are expected to be able to serve customers in outdoors settings in groups of six from no more than two householders from May 10 when curfews on takeaways and off licenses will be removed. 

Gyms may also be able to reopen on the same date. 

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