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Covid cases up 273 in 24 hours as number of infections surpasses 10,000 in NI

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There have been 273 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Northern Ireland over the past 24 hours.

It means the overall total number of infections since the beginning of the outbreak in Northern Ireland has surpassed the 10,000 mark.

And 1,236 of those came in the last seven days, according to the Department of Health.

There have been no further deaths in that period meaning the Department’s total remains at 577.

Earlier today, NISRA’s weekly statistics suggested that there were eight coronavirus-linked deaths in Northern Ireland last week.

The statistics agency said Covid-19 had featured on the death certificates of 891 people in total by September 18.

There are currently 46 people in hospital as a result of the virus with five being ventilated in ICUs.

Meanwhile, Donegal has become a no-go area for travellers with the county currently on Level 3 of the five-level alert plan.

It currently has the highest rate of infection in the Republic of Ireland while Derry and Strabane has the highest seven day rate in Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin TD Padraig MacLochlainn told BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme that people should not travel to the county “for holiday or entertainment purposes”.

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