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Ten further Covid-related deaths as cases continue to drop but ABC again highest in NI

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There were 10 further Covid-related deaths reported by the Department of Health today (Thursday).

Today’s stats – according to the official dashboard – take in the last 24 hours with four of the 10 passing away inside that period.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department now stands at 1,899.

The ABC Borough accounts for 246 deaths; NMD 139; and Mid-Ulster with 167.

There were a further 412 positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, with 80 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon – the highest in NI. There was a further 33 in Newry, Mourne and Down and 41 in Mid-Ulster.

A total of 2,405 individuals were tested.

There are 671 people now in hospital as a result of the virus, 68 of whom are in intensive care units.

There are currently 37 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

A total of 197 Covid patients are currently in hospitals in the Southern Trust area with 147 in Craigavon; 27 in Daisy Hill; 23 in Lurgan and none in South Tyrone.

Meanwhile, the South Eastern Trust said that 62 doses of a Covid-19 vaccination session were recorded as wastage.

The health board covers a wide-range of medical facilities outside of Belfast including hospitals in Lisburn Castlereagh, Ards and North Down, and Newry Mourne and Downe.

A spokesperson for the Trust said the 56 doses of the vaccine were wasted due to ‘particulates in the vial after reconstitution or spray back when diluting the vial’.

The most recent wastage came on last Wednesday (January 27) due to spray back whilst diluting.

Health chiefs at the trust say they’ve reviewed their existing processes to ensure the continued minimisation of waste.

A SE Trust spokesperson added: “[The] Trust ensures good communication between the Vaccination Centre and Pharmacy team to determine the correct amount of vaccine which needs to be ordered and prepared for administration.

“Robust competency training of all new Vaccinators and Standard Operating Procedures also ensures staff are fully competent in preparation and administration of the vaccine to minimise any wastage.

“In the care home setting the Trust liaises closely with care home managers to determine the number of residents and staff able to avail of the vaccine and plans with the Pharmacy team to ensure the correct amount of vaccine is ordered.

“Procedures are in place in both the care home setting and vaccination centre to have staff available to receive any planned doses of vaccine which could not be administered due to planned patients being unable to receive the vaccine.”

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