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Covid-19: Eight deaths and almost 3,000 new cases reported in last 24 hours

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There has been eight further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,282 – 19 of which occurred in the last seven days, according to the Department of Health’s daily dashboard.

The Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon borough has recorded 446 deaths to date; four of which occurred in the last seven days.

There have been 253 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, one of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 309 deaths, one of which have occurred in the past seven days.

There were 2,899 – up from 2,007 on Monday – positive cases in the last 24 hours, and 14,092 positive cases in the last seven days.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 218 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the fourth lowest in NI.

There were 243 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (fifth highest) while Mid Ulster recorded the lowest with 178. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 560 positive cases.

There are 519 – up from 484 – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There have been 180 admissions in the last seven days, compared with 286 patients who have been discharged.

There are currently 120 Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 57 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 20 in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 29 in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are currently three Covid patients in Northern Ireland requiring ventilation.

There are seven patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units; three currently ventilated. There are seven ICU beds available.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 108%.

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