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Three further Covid-related deaths in NI on one year anniversary of first virus fatality

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

All three died within the last 24 hours, according to the official dashboard.

The ABC Borough accounts for 284 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District has a total of 165 deaths, which is up one on yesterday. Mid-Ulster currently has 199.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 2,103 – the death toll was revised, reducing the number by one.

There were a further 137 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 14 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, a further six in Newry, Mourne and Down and 13 in Mid-Ulster.

A total of 1,676 individuals were tested.

There are 166 – one less than Thursday – people now in hospital as a result of the virus, 16 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 40 people in hospitals in the Southern Trust area – 16 in Craigavon and 17 in Lurgan – being treated for Covid-19.

There are currently 20 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Robin Swann has assured all those bereaved through Covid-19 that the thoughts of people across Northern Ireland are very much with them.

The Minister was speaking today, on the anniversary of the first confirmed Covid-related death in the province.

He said: “We are all very aware of the devastation caused by Covid-19 in the past year. Our thoughts are very much with the families and friends of those who have died. I know I speak for people across Northern Ireland in saying that.

“We can see better days ahead in the battle against the virus, but we must never forget the pain and loss it has caused. Nor can we ever overlook its capacity to inflict more suffering. We must remain vigilant and keep taking the steps that we know will stop Covid-19 spreading.”

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