Two more patients at Daisy Hill Hospital have died from Covid-19 over the weekend, the Health Minister has confirmed.
The two deaths occurred on the male medical ward, bring the total to pass away up to five since the outbreak at the Newry hospital last week.
“Over the weekend a further two patients have sadly lost their lives,” Health Minister Robin Swann said in response to a question tabled my SDLP MLA Justin McNulty.
He added: “I want to again express my deepest sympathies to the families who have been plunged into grief in these particularly difficult circumstances.
“I am determined that no stone will be left unturned to ascertain the facts about these cases.”
The Southern Health Trust said that 12 patients and 27 staff tested positive for Covid-19 at Daisy Hill Hospital.
A further 73 staff contacts are currently self-isolating.
The Southern Trust is currently undergoing a ‘level 3 ‘serious adverse incident’ review.
In came after Mr McNulty called for an “urgent independent investigation into the handling” of the outbreak.