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Covid-19: Two people in ICU as positive case numbers drop across NI

There have been nine further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland since Friday – two in the last 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 3,232 – 18 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 435 deaths to date; one of which occurred in the last seven days.

There have been 250 deaths in the Newry Mourne and Down district, three of which occurred in the past seven days, while Mid Ulster accounts for 307 deaths, two of which have occurred in the past seven days.

There were 2,058 – down from 2,236 on Friday – positive cases in the last 24 hours.

There have been 14,974 positive cases in the last seven days.

Within the past 24 hours, there were 199 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the fourth highest in NI.

There were 153 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down (fifth lowest) while Mid Ulster, one again, recorded the lowest with 92. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 377 positive cases.

There are 466 – down from 484 on Friday – patients in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus.

There have been 217 admissions in the last seven days, compared with 326 patients who have been discharged.

There are currently 101 – down seven – Covid patients in Southern Trust hospitals, 40 – down five – of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 12 – no change – in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital. There are 36 –  down one – in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are two patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units. There are currently 17 ICU beds available.

Hospital capacity currently sits at 104% – up 1%.

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