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One further Covid-related case as Chief Medical Officer urges caution over Bank Holiday weekend

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There has been one further Covid-related death reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland today (Friday).

The latest update comes according to the official dashboard.

As it stands, the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 285 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 165 deaths and Mid-Ulster accounts for 205.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 2,145.

There were a further 108 – 13 more than Thursday – positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with seven in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 10 in Newry, Mourne and Down and Mid-Ulster District recorded 12 in that time.

A total of 2,473 individuals were tested.

There are 60 people – down one on yesterday – in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, eight – the same as Thursday – of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently five – no change on yesterday – patients in Craigavon Hospital – eight overall in the Southern Trust area.

There are currently 12 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The latest figures come as Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, urges everyone to enjoy the May Day holiday weekend safely.

With further Covid-19 restrictions being eased from today, Dr McBride emphasised that the public health advice remains as vital as ever.

“With summer coming and the vaccination programme continuing its roll out, there is a much-needed mood of optimism in the community,” he said.

“However, we must never underestimate the Covid-19 threat. A huge collective effort across society has got us this far. It would be a tragedy if we let our guard down now and jeopardised the progress that has been made.

“We all know what needs to be done. Whether you are socialising or shopping, stick to the rules that have protected so many people. Maintain social distancing, wear a face covering when required and wash hands frequently and well. Never forget that the virus spreads best in crowded, confined and indoor settings where ventilation is poor. That’s why the main focus at present is on outdoor activities.

“The progress we have made is also thanks in no small part to our vaccination programme. Please do your bit to make it a continued success. When your turn comes, get your vaccine and your second dose. By doing so, you not only protect yourself and others, you also play your part in maintaining our steady progress to better times.”

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