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NI records 26 more Covid-related deaths in 48 hours as 8pm curfew comes to an end

There were 26 further Covid-related deaths reported by the Department of Health today (Saturday).

Today’s stats – according to the official dashboard – takes in the last 48 hours.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 1,348.

There were a further 3,576 cases reported in in the last 48 hours, with 573 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the highest in NI – and a further 461 in Newry, Mourne and Down. There were 387 cases in Mid Ulster.

A total of 9,351 individuals were tested.

Over the last seven days there have been 1,620 positive cases in the ABC Borough – again, the highest in NI.

The rate of infection for 100,000 of the population remains highest in the BT60 postcode at a rate of 514.5.

There are 483 – down 12 – people now in hospital as a result of the virus, 35 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 23 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

Ninety-one – up 11 – patients are in Craigavon. To date, 748 patients have been discharged from the Co. Armagh hospital.

There are 20 – up two – Covid patients in Daisy Hill, with nine in Lurgan Hospital.

Meanwhile, the week of stricter regulations, including a stay-at-home curfew from 8pm until 6am, came to an end.

It also means essential retailers and takeaway food outlets can once again trade after 8pm.

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