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Three more deaths confirmed as a result of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

There were also a further 30 confirmed cases

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There have been a further three deaths as a result of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

It brings the total numbers of lives lost here to 438.

Of these, 47 are within the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area – the highest outside Belfast, with 133 – while there have been a total of 31 in Newry, Mourne and Down.

There were also a further 30 confirmed cases.

The news comes as the Northern Ireland Executive prepares to outline on Tuesday its plan for an exit strategy from lockdown and the easing of restrictions.

Monday’s figures also came as Health Minister Robin Swann thanked Northern Ireland’s ‘courageous’ nurses and midwives for their ongoing contribution during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s International Nurses’ Day, the Health Minister recognised the critical role of the profession.

He said: ““The Covid-19 pandemic is testing all of us, but nurses are on the front line. They are working tirelessly in our hospitals, primary care, care homes and right across all settings to keep our community safe.

“I know that there has been anxiety and worry across the profession as we face this public health crisis but I have also seen the courage and positivity of our nurses.

“They have been instrumental in our response to Covid-19. Their leadership, expertise and experience were key in the opening of our Nightingale Hospital, we have had over 700 nursing and midwifery students in their final six months of study join the workforce early and almost 1,000 nurses, nursing assistants and midwives have applied to return to the health service.

“While saying thank you can sometimes feel inadequate, the fact remains that we are truly thankful for everything that nurses and midwives do for us.”

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