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Covid-19: Patients in ICUs down to six as seven-day case average continues to drop

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

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,193 – 24 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 430 deaths to date; five in the last seven days and one in the last 24 hours.

There have been 244 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, two of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 230 deaths, one of which have occurred in the past 24 hours.

There were 2,294 – down from 2,951 on Tuesday – positive cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 16,692 positive cases in the last seven days, a further reduction on the weekly average.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 188 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the fifth highest in NI.

There were 179 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (seventh highest) while Mid Ulster (third lowest) recorded 155. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 435 positive cases.

There are 480 – down from 495 on Tuesday – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There are currently 117 – down from 127 – Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 51 – down from 57 – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 15 – down one – in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 34 in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are six – down from nine – patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units. There are currently 15 ICU beds available.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 107% – no change in 24 hours.

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