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Three further Covid-related deaths in NI as self-isolation rules set to be relaxed

There have been two further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours, with a further one  occurring not within the reporting period.

One of those deaths occurred in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough.

According to the official dashboard, there were a further 1,610 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with 165 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 137 in Newry, Mourne and Down while Mid-Ulster District recorded 118. Belfast had 313 cases in the last 24 hours.

A total of 5,621 individuals were tested in that time.

There are 341 – an increase of 20 – people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, 42– two more – of whom are in an intensive care unit.

There are 67 – a decrease of six  – Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 58 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are eight patients in Daisy Hill.

There are currently 16- eight more than yesterday- ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

Hospital occupancy currently stands at 103% of capacity.

The total number of deaths now stands at 2,236.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 299 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 172 deaths while Mid-Ulster has registered 210 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Executive has agreed to change rules on self-isolation in Northern Ireland from next week.

As of Monday, those who are fully-vaccinated and have a close contact with a Covid case will no longer have to self-isolate.

They are advised to take PCR Covid tests on day two and eight after contact, with a positive test requiring them to self-isolate.

The changes were agreed following a proposal by Health Minister Robin Swan.

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