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Covid-19: Case numbers drop below 2,000 as hospital intake trends downwards

There has been one further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,253 – 15 of which occurred in the last seven days, according to the Department of Health’s daily dashboard.

The Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon borough has recorded 440 deaths to date; five of which occurred in the last seven days – the highest death rate in NI.

There have been 251 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, one of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 308 deaths, one of which have occurred in the past seven days.

There were 1,822 positive cases in the last 24 hours, and 15,355 positive cases in the last seven days

Within the past 24 hours, there were 163 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the fifth highest in NI.

There were 131 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (fifth lowest) while Mid Ulster, once again, recorded the lowest with 80. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 328 positive cases.

There are 463 patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There have been 176 – a continual decrease – admissions in the last seven days, compared with 286 patients who have been discharged.

There are currently 110 Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 56 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 11 in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 29 in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are four patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units. There are currently 15 ICU beds available.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 103%.

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