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No further Covid-related deaths as Stormont agree to easing of restrictions from Monday

There have been no further Covid-related deaths reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland today (Thursday).

That’s according to the official dashboard, where the overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department still stands at 2,152.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 285 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 166 deaths while Mid-Ulster has registered 206 deaths.

There were a further 90 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with four in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 13 in Newry, Mourne and Down and Mid-Ulster District recorded 10 in that time.

A total of 2,575 individuals were tested.

There are 37 people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, two of whom are in intensive care units.

Currently, there are currently five Covid patients in hospitals across the Southern Trust area – three of those are in Craigavon.

There are currently 20 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The latest figures comes as the NI Executive are expected to approve the relaxation of restrictions, meaning hospitality can operate indoors from Monday, May 24 – the first time since Christmas.

The changes also include allowing six people from two households to meet indoors in homes from Monday – children under 12 do not count towards the total.

Up to 500 spectators will be able to attend sporting events and foreign travel will be subject to a traffic light system, with countries assigned green, amber and red, similar to the system in the UK.

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