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Covid-19: Two further deaths as positive cases continue to drop

There have been two further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the latest 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,197 – 20 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 431 deaths to date; four in the last seven days and one in the past 24 hours.

There have been 244 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, two of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 301 deaths, one of which have occurred in the past 24 hours.

There were 2,068 – down 418 from 2,486 on Thursday– positive cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 15,987 positive cases in the last seven days, a further reduction on the weekly average.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 216 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the third highest in NI.

There were 173 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (sixth highest) while Mid Ulster recorded the lowest with 88. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 403 positive cases.

There are 485 – up from 483 on Thursday – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There are currently 109 – nine less – Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 52 – down from 59 – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 12 – the same – in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 31- down one- in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are eight – up from five – patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units. There are currently 10 ICU beds available.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 107% – no change in 24 hours.

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