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One further Covid-related death in NI as all primary school pupils set to return to class next Monday

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

That is according to the official dashboard.

The ABC Borough accounts for 284 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District has a total of 164 deaths. Mid-Ulster currently has 199.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 2,100.

There were a further 164 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 13 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, a further seven in Newry, Mourne and Down and 17 in Mid-Ulster.

A total of 1,708 individuals were tested.

There are 176 – six less than yesterday – people now in hospital as a result of the virus, 18 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 46 people in hospitals in the Southern Trust area – 18 in Craigavon and 20 in Lurgan – being treated for Covid-19.

There are currently 22 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Executive looks set to agree to the return of all primary school pupils to the classroom from next Monday.

It has also approved a proposal to allow all other pupils in post-primary schools to return after the Easter break, on April 12.

The Executive are reviewing a number of proposals which include:

– Golf courses to reopen from April 1 (clubhouses to remain closed).
– Ten people, from no more than two households, able to participate in outdoor sporting activities from April 1.
– Click and collect purchases allowed from garden centres and plant nurseries from April 1.
– Click and collect at all non-essential retail outlets from April 12.
– ‘Stay at home’ rule lifts on April 12.
– Outdoor sports training to resume from April 12 with no more than 15 participants in one group.

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