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Seven further Covid-related deaths in NI as lateral flow tests to be introduced for international arrivals

Belfast international Airport. Photo: Thomas Nugent / Geograph

There have been seven further Covid-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the past past 24 hours.

The total number of deaths now stands at 2,691, 369 of which have occurred in the ABC borough, 202 in the NMD district, and 252 in Mid Ulster.

There have been a further 1,321 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health’s latest daily dashboard update.

There were 165 positive cases in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the second highest in NI. There were 108 cases in Newry, Mourne and Down, while Mid-Ulster recorded 76. Belfast – the highest in NI – recorded 211 positive cases.

A total of 3,833 individuals were tested in that time.

There are 351 people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, 34 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 80 Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 50 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital. There are 10 ICU beds available across Northern Ireland.

Hospital occupancy in Northern Ireland currently stands at 105%.

Meanwhile, Passengers who are fully vaccinated arriving into Northern Ireland from non-red list countries will be able to take a post-arrival lateral flow test.

From 4am on 31 October, eligible fully vaccinated passengers arriving into Northern Ireland from countries not on the red list will have the choice of taking either a lateral flow or PCR test on or before day 2 of their arrival.

Any individuals with a positive lateral flow test will be required to book a free confirmatory PCR test and isolate for 10 days. If the subsequent mandatory confirmatory PCR is negative, then the isolation period can end.

Those that have already bought a PCR test do not need to buy another test. Lateral flow tests for international travel must be purchased from a private provider as NHS Test and Trace tests cannot be used for international travel.

All travellers must complete their passenger locator form prior to travel, including providing a test booking reference number supplied by a testing provider.

Individuals who are not deemed as fully vaccinated must still complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test, have booked a PCR day 2 and day 8 test package and complete 10 days self-isolation on return from a non-red country.

Anyone arriving from a red list country must adhere to all testing and quarantine requirements, regardless of vaccination status. Rules for red list countries are available at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travelling-northern-ireland-red-list-country

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