One further Covid-19-related death in Northern Ireland and 1,471 new cases
ONE further Covid-19-related death and 1,471 new cases were confirmed by the Department of Health last night.
The fatality brings to 2,600, the number of people in the north who have lost their lives since the pandemic began last March.
There have been a total of 253,679 positive cases in Northern Ireland since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Of the 1,471 new cases in the past 24 hours, 246 were in the Belfast area. This was followed by 229 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon and 149 in Newry, Mourne and Down.
Currently, there are 347 beds occupied in hospitals by Covid-19-positive patients, including 33 in intensive care and 26 are ventilated.
Hospitals in Northern Ireland are currently operating at 104 per cent capacity.
Altnagelvin, Antrim Belfast City, Causeway, Downe, Royal Victoria, South West Acute and the Ulster are all operating at over capacity.
There are also currently 63 outbreaks in care homes in the north.
Meanwhile, in the Republic, there were 2,066 new coronavirus cases confirmed last night.
There are currently 408 people being treated in hospital with the virus, an increase of six from the day before.
The number of patients in intensive care is 69, a drop of four.
In a statement, the National Public Health Emergency Team said that there had been 26 newly notified Covid-related deaths in last week, bringing the number of such deaths to 5,306.