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Four further Covid-related deaths and more than 1,100 cases reported in 24 hours

There have been four further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours – one occurred outside the reporting period.

Of those deaths, one occurred in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon borough.

The highest number of cases (713) in the last seven days have come from the 10-14 age range.

According to the official dashboard, there were a further 1,145 – up 120 – positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 137 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the second highest in NI. There were 88 positive cases in Newry, Mourne and Down while Mid-Ulster District recorded 105. Belfast had the highest with 190.

A total of 5,472 individuals were tested in that time.

There are 384 – up five – people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, 32 – down one – of whom are in intensive care unit.

There are 96 – down one – Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 64 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are nine patients in Daisy Hill and 17 in South Tyrone Hospital.

There are currently 16 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The total number of deaths now stands at 2,513.

Hospital occupancy currently stands at 102% – no change – of capacity.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 341 deaths overall; Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 192 while Mid-Ulster has registered 238 deaths.

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