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Covid-19: Big drop in positive cases and hospital numbers in 24 hours

There have been eight further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland over the last 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,100 – 35 of which occurred in the last seven days.

The ABC Borough accounts for 417 – up one – of those deaths. There have been 236 – up one – in the NMD district, while Mid Ulster accounts for 288.

There have been a further 3,737 – down 506 – positive cases recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s latest daily dashboard update. There have been 32,174 positive cases in the last seven days.

There were 540 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – still the second highest in NI. There were 262 cases in Mid Ulster while Newry, Mourne and Down recorded 380. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 667 positive cases.

There are 363 – down 24 – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, 22 – no change– of whom are in intensive care units.

A total of 262 Covid patients have been discharged in the last seven days while there have been 173 admissions during the same period.

Currently, there are 92 – down seven – Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 61 – down five – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 10 – down two – in Daisy Hill Hospital.

There are 10 ICU beds available across Northern Ireland.

Hospital occupancy in Northern Ireland currently stands at 106% – no change.

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