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Covid-19: Two further deaths reported as weekly average 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 3,195 – 24 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 430 deaths to date; four in the last seven days.

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 300 deaths, one of which have occurred in the past 24 hours.

There were 2,486- up 192 from 2,294 on Wednesday– positive cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 16,247 positive cases in the last seven days, a further reduction on the weekly average.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 293 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the second highest in NI.

There were 188 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (eighth highest) while Mid Ulster (third lowest) recorded 141. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 463 positive cases.

There are 483 – up from 480 on Wednesday – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There are currently 118 – up one – Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 59 – up from 51 – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 12 – down three – in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 32 in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are five – down from six – patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units. There are currently 14 ICU beds available.

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

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