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One further Covid-related death in NI as hospital numbers drop

Local lady Roberta Byrne getting her vaccination earlier this week

There has been one further Covid-related death reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland today (Friday).

According to the official dashboard, the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 285 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 165 deaths and Mid-Ulster accounts for 203.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department stands at 2,133.

There were a further 119 – down 40 – positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with six in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There was also a further 25 in Newry, Mourne and Down – the second highest in NI – and another 13 in Mid-Ulster.

A total of 2,342 individuals were tested.

There are 69 people – seven less than yesterday – in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, nine – up one on Thursday – of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 26 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, latest figures published today by NISRA show that 14 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week 3rd April to 9th April 2021.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 9th April 2021 has now reached 2,936. Of the 2,936 Covid-19 related deaths, 1,934 (65.9%) took place in hospital, 772 (26.3%) in care homes, 14 (0.5%) in hospices and 216 (7.4%) at residential addresses or other locations.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 9th April 2021 was 2,127. 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 and therefore include both confirmed and suspected cases, and where Covid-19 was either a contributor to or the main cause of death.

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