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Sixteen further Covid-related deaths in NI but hospital numbers drop dramatically

Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry

There were 16 further Covid-related deaths reported by the Department of Health today (Friday).

Today’s stats – according to the official dashboard – take in the last 24 hours with 15 of the 16 passing away inside that period.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 1,915.

The ABC Borough accounts for 249 – up three – deaths; NMD has seen a further four deaths, now up to 143; and Mid-Ulster with 172 – up five.

There were a further 506 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 67 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the third highest in NI. There was a further 43 in Newry, Mourne and Down and 68 – second highest in NI behind Belfast – in Mid-Ulster.

A total of 3,008 individuals were tested.

There are 636 – down 35 – people now in hospital as a result of the virus, 67 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 36 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

A total of 176 – a decrease of 21 – Covid patients are currently in hospitals in the Southern Trust area with 129 in Craigavon; 25 in Daisy Hill; 22 in Lurgan and none in South Tyrone.

Meanwhile, there has been a fall in the weekly number of Covid-19-related deaths registered in Northern Ireland, according to statistics agency NISRA.

There were 137 deaths registered in Northern Ireland in the week up to Friday, January 29 – down 45 on the previous week’s record high of 182.

Of the 2,495 Covid-19 related deaths to date – according to NISRA – 1,591 (63.8%) took place in hospital, 712 (28.5%) in care homes, 13 (0.5%) in hospices and 179 (7.2%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 725 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 170 separate establishments.

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