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Nine further Covid-related deaths and 1,320 new cases reported in the latest 24 hours

There have been nine further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the latest 24-hour period.

According to the official dashboard, there were a further 1,320 positive cases reported on Monday with 127 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 106 in Newry, Mourne and Down while Mid-Ulster District recorded 105. Belfast had 229 cases in the last 24 hours.

The total number of positive cases was down from 1,485 cases reported on Sunday.

There are 352 people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus,  down from 388 on Friday.

Of these patients, 43 are in intensive care units, down from 47 on Friday.

There are 78 Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 69 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital.

There are currently 22 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The total number of deaths now stands at 2,311.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 314 deaths overall; Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 178 while Mid-Ulster has registered 213 deaths.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,414,189 Covid-19 vaccines has been administered in Northern Ireland to date.

Of those, 1,268,173 are first doses and 1,146,016 are second doses.

The total number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the start of the pandemic is 2,311.

A total of 188,589 cases of the virus have been confirmed here since the pandemic began.

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