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Covid-19: Positive cases drop but hospital admissions on the rise

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

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,285 – 19 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 446 deaths to date; four of which occurred in the last seven days.

There have been 254 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, two of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 309 deaths, none of which have occurred in the past seven days.

There were 2,269 – down from 2,899 on Tuesday – positive cases in the last 24 hours, and 13,964 positive cases in the last seven days, which is a decrease in the rolling average.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 177 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – ranked seventh in NI.

There were 173 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (eighth) while Mid Ulster recorded the lowest with 122. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 419 positive cases.

There are 527 – up from 519 – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There have been 204 admissions in the last seven days, compared with 297 patients who have been discharged.

There are currently 124 – up four – Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 62 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 18 in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 30 in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are seven patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units; four currently ventilated. There is one ICU bed available in Northern Ireland.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 108%.

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