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Covid-19: Nine further deaths reported and 4,000-plus new cases

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

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,086 – 29 of which occurred in the last seven days.

The ABC Borough accounts for 414 – up two – of those deaths. There have been 234 in the NMD district, while Mid Ulster accounts for 287 – up one since yesterday.

There have been a further 4,383 – 640 less than yesterday – positive cases recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s latest daily dashboard update. There have been 31,233 positive cases in the last seven days.

There were 655 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – still the second highest in NI. There were 334 cases in Mid Ulster while Newry, Mourne and Down recorded 463. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 724 positive cases.

There are 395 – up two – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, 22 – up one – of whom are in intensive care units.

A total of 269 Covid patients have been discharged in the last seven days while there have been 187 admissions during the same period.

Currently, there are 104 – up three – Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 70 – also up three – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 14 – no change – in Daisy Hill Hospital.

There are nine ICU beds available across Northern Ireland.

Hospital occupancy in Northern Ireland currently stands at 105%.

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