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Ten further Covid-related deaths in NI with vaccine programme set to begin in two weeks

There have been ten further Covid-related deaths reported by the Department of Health today (Monday).

All ten of these occurred in the last 24 hours – according to the official dashboard – which has the overall total now at 996.

There has been no further deaths in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon borough, where the total number of lives lost is  107. Similarly, there has also been no additional deaths in the Newry, Mourne and Down district, where the total stands at 63.

There were a further 290 cases reported in that timeframe, with 27 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon and a further 21 in Newry, Mourne and Down.

A total of 1,866 individuals were tested.

There are 427 people now in hospital – that’s 13 more than yesterday – as a result of the virus, 36 of whom are in intensive care units – up two from yesterday.

There are currently 15 ICU beds available in NI – three more than yesterday.

Forty-three patients are in Craigavon today – no change. To date, 609 patients have been discharged from the Co. Armagh hospital.

There are eight Covid patients in Daisy Hill, with 10 in Lurgan Hospital.

Meanwhile, BBC NI is reporting that the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme could begin by mid-December with two programmes to be approved this week.

A digital booking system for healthcare workers is also being set up.

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