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Covid-19: Surge in cases in 24 hours but hospital numbers down slightly

There have been another four Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 2,936 – 21 of which occurred in the last seven days.

The ABC Borough accounts for 401 of those deaths. There have been 218 – up one – in the NMD district, while Mid Ulster accounts for 274.

There have been a further 2,156 – up 575 – positive cases recorded from 6,578 people tested in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s latest daily dashboard update. There have been 12,156 positive cases in the last seven days.

There were 232 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 234 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down while Mid-Ulster recorded 159. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 386 positive cases.

There are 315 – down nine – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, 32 – up one – of whom are in intensive care units.

A total of 206 Covid patients have been discharged in the last seven days while there have been 144 admissions during the same period.

Currently, there are 101 – down two – Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 60 – down three – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital.

There are eight ICU beds available across Northern Ireland.

Hospital occupancy in Northern Ireland currently stands at 107%.

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