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Further 1,080 Covid cases in 24 hours with 12 more people admitted to hospital

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There have been 1,080 new Covid-19 cases reported in Northern Ireland over the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.

A total of 6,447 individuals were tested for the coronavirus in that time.

It brings the seven day total to 5,272.

Fortunately there have been no further deaths reported.

In the last week, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon has seen 308 cases while there have been 592 reported in Newry, Mourne and Down.

The number of people admitted to hospital because of the virus has risen to 132 – up twelve from Thursday – with 16 of those in intensive care units.

Meanwhile, Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill is to be tested for Covid-19 after a close family member contracted the coronavirus.

Ms O’Neill is currently self-isolating.

A Sinn Fein spokesman said: “Joint head of government Michelle O’Neill has confirmed that she is being tested for coronavirus and is self-isolating after contact with a family member who has tested positive for Covid-19.

“Michelle will continue to follow the public health advice and carry out her duties in Government remotely.”

Earlier today, the latest figures published by NISRA show that four deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the last week, from 26th September to 2nd October. The total Covid-19 related deaths figure stands at 906.

Of this total, 488 (53.9%) took place in hospital, 356 (39.3%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 54 (6.0%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 364 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 85 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 2nd October was 583. These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the NISRA figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals. They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.

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