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One further Covid-related death as Omniplex announce date for reopening in Newry and Craigavon

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

That’s according to the official dashboard, where the overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 2,150.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 285 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 166 deaths while Mid-Ulster has registered 205 deaths.

There were a further 82 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with six in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were seven in Newry, Mourne and Down and Mid-Ulster District recorded nine in that time.

A total of 1,218 individuals were tested.

There are 32 – seven less than Friday – people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, two – down one – of whom are in intensive care units.

Currently, there are currently seven – down two on Friday – Covid patients in hospitals across the Southern Trust area – five of those are in Craigavon.

There are currently 11 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Omniplex cinemas in Craigavon and Newry are set to open their doors next Monday – May 24.

Banbridge and Dungannon will follow suit seven days later, however, at present there is no opening date for the Armagh cinema.

Paul John Anderson, Director of Omniplex Cinemas said: “We are thrilled to finally be welcoming back cinema goers for the first time this year.

“We strongly believe in the power of escapism that a couple of hours spent at the cinema provides and we are looking forward to opening our doors for the ultimate big screen experience. We have worked hard over the last year to ensure our customers can enjoy the magic of cinema once again. We continue to follow public health advice and the safety of our team and customers remains of utmost importance.”

He added: “It’s been a long and difficult year for us all with restrictions affecting our daily lives. We know that our audiences are eager to get back to the big screen and we cannot wait to see people experiencing the cinema once again.”

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