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Two further Covid-related deaths in 24 hours with almost 2,000 positive cases

There has been two further Covid-related death reported in Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours – the seventh in the last seven days.

One of those occurred in the Mid-Ulster region.

According to the official dashboard there were a further 1,973 – up 835 on Tuesday – positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with 145 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 226 in Newry, Mourne and Down while Mid-Ulster District recorded 120. Belfast had 570 cases in the last 24 hours.

A total of 5,409 individuals were tested in that time.

There are 134 – an increase of 16 on yesterday – people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, eight – up two – of whom are in an intensive care unit.

There are 20 – up four – Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, 19 of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital.

There are currently 12 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department is 2,166.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 287 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 169 deaths while Mid-Ulster has registered 208 deaths.

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