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2 deaths, 166 new cases of coronavirus

The coronavirus death toll in Northern Ireland stands at 2,057 since the pandemic began
Maeve Connolly

Two more people with Covid-19 have died and 166 new cases have been diagnosed, bringing the death toll to 2,068, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Of the 166 people to test positive in the most recent 24-hour reporting period the majority (33) were Belfast City Council residents.

1,226 people have tested positive in the past seven days, down from 1,788.

There are 242 people in hospital with Covid-19 and 29 of them are in ICU and all bar two are being ventilated.

Hospital admissions of Covid patients have dropped in the rolling seven-day period from 153 to 88.

Bed occupancy in the north's hospitals is at 92%, however, the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald and Causeway Hospital in Coleraine are operating over capacity.

The rolling seven-day transmission rate is 65.2 per 100,000 of the population for the dates February 26 - March 4, down from 95 in the previous seven days. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon has the highest rate (82.8) and Newry, Mourne and Down the lowest (36.6).

In the same seven-day period, the highest number of new cases was among the 20-39 age group with 476 people testing positive; followed by the 40-59 group (375) and 0-19 group (187). 

In the same period, there were 14 deaths, down from 28 in the previous seven days.

Coronavirus clusters are present in 18 care homes.

To date, 609,798 vaccines have been administered with 568,011 of these first doses and 41,787 second doses.



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