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Covid-19: Intensive care patient numbers at lowest point since last summer

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

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,223 – 18 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 435 – up one – deaths to date; two of which occurred in the last seven days.

There have been 248 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, four of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 305 deaths, two of which have occurred in the past seven days.

There were 2,236 – down from 2,408 on Thursday – positive cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 14,597 positive cases in the last seven days.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 183 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the sixth highest in NI.

There were 168 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (fourth lowest) while Mid Ulster recorded the lowest with 111. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 481 positive cases.

There are 484 – up from 473 on Thursday – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There have been 243 admissions in the last seven days, compared with 352 patients who have been discharged.

There are currently 108 – up two – Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 45 – up one – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 12 – no change – in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 37 –  up one – in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are three – down two – patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units. There are currently 19 ICU beds available.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 103% – down 1%.

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