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5 deaths, 281 new cases of coronavirus

The coronavirus death toll in Northern Ireland stands at 2,048 since the pandemic began
Maeve Connolly

Five more people with Covid-19 have died and 281 new cases have been diagnosed.

One of the deaths was outside the most recent 24-hour reporting period and the death toll now stands at 2,048, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Of the 281 people to test positive in the most recent 24-hour reporting period the majority (68) were Belfast City Council residents.

There are 341 people in hospital who have tested positive for Covid-19 and 44 of them are in ICU with 32 being ventilated.

Hospital admissions of people with Covid-19 have dropped in the rolling seven-day period from 177 to 138.

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The rolling seven-day transmission rate is 97.5 per 100,000 of the population for the dates February 18-24, down from 110.2 in the previous seven days. Mid Ulster council has the highest rate (142.4) and Fermanagh and Omagh the lowest (41.1).

In the same seven-day period, the highest number of new cases was among the 20-39 age group with 734 people testing positive; followed by the 40-59 group (567). The fewest new cases were recorded in the 80 and over age group (76). In the same period, there were 23 deaths, down from 50 in the previous seven days.

Coronavirus clusters are present in 28 care homes, down from 79 on February 15.

Bed occupancy in the north's hospitals is at 97%. However, two hospitals, the Ulster in Dundonald and the Causeway in Coleraine, are operating over capacity. 

Meanwhile, 523,230 vaccines have been administered to date, of which 491,593 were first doses and 31,637 were second doses.

And in the Repubilc a further 35 people have died and 613 people tested positive for Covid-19.


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