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No further Covid-related deaths as motion seeking ‘financial help for all students’ to go to Assembly

'Students in further education, part-time students and those studying in the south or Britain must not be left behind by the Department of the Economy'

There has been no further Covid-related death reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland today (Sunday).

That is according to the official dashboard.

The ABC Borough accounts for 284 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District has a total of 164 deaths. Mid-Ulster currently has 199.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department remains the same as Saturday and currently stands at 2,098.

There were a further 143 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 12 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, a further 11 in Newry, Mourne and Down and 17 in Mid-Ulster.

A total of 1,325 individuals were tested.

There are 180 – no change from yesterday – people now in hospital as a result of the virus, 23 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 38 people in hospitals in the Southern Trust area – 17 in Craigavon and 21 in Lurgan – being treated for Covid-19.

There are currently 24 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The figures come ahead of a debate on a motion to go before the Assembly on Tuesday asking that special payments for students applies to all those from Northern Ireland not just those who are studying here.

Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said the Economy Minister “must act to support all students”.

“Sinn Féin’s motion in the Assembly is about ensuring all students receive financial support,” she said.

“Students in further education, part-time students and those studying in the south or Britain must not be left behind by the Department of the Economy.

“Over the last number of months, Sinn Féin MLAs have been engaging with students across the North, and it is clear they need support and need it now.

“Sinn Féin have continuously called on the Economy Minister to remove any barriers to making this happen.

“It’s time to put money back in the pockets of all our students and give them the support they deserve.”

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