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No deaths; eight new cases of Covid-19 as hospital Emergency Department numbers ‘steadily rising’

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There have been no further Covid deaths in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

It has now been 11 days since a reported fatality, with the death toll remaining at 556.

There were eight new cases recorded in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, increasing that number to 5,876.

One of those was reported in south Armagh, where Killeavy GAA announced they were shutting down all club activities.

There are currently six Covid inpatients with two people in ICU across Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Robin Swann says managing hospital emergency department numbers is a priority as they begin to rise following a drop off during the early stages of the pandemic.

“In the context of Covid-19, we must not permit overcrowding in our emergency departments to return to pre-pandemic levels,” said Mr Swann.

“This is an important priority, ahead of winter pressures for our emergency departments and the potential for further waves of Covid-19 infection.”

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