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No new Covid-19 deaths reported over weekend as dentists re-open for routine appointments

There has been no further Covid-19 deaths reported over the weekend, according to the Department of Health.

There have been 23 positives cases confirmed in that time, bringing that total up 5,857 in total.

The death toll remains unchanged at 556.

Hospitals account for 333 of those deaths, while care home passings stand at 187. Community and unrecorded account for the remainder.

Meanwhile, dentists have begun routine care from today (Monday), however, delays of up to an hour between appointments are to be expected to ensure essential cleaning is carried out.

Elsewhere, Marks and Spencer has announced it os to cut 950 jobs, although Northern Ireland is unlikely to be affected.

Sacha Berendji, director of retail, operations and property at M&S, said: “Through the crisis, we have seen how we can work faster and more flexibly by empowering store teams and it’s essential that we embed that way of working.

“Our priority now is to support all those affected through the consultation process and beyond.”

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