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One Covid-19 death, 119 new cases

The death toll is now 2,133 according to the Department of Health
Maeve Connolly

One further coronavirus related death has taken place, while an additional 119 people have tested positive.

The death toll is now 2,133 according to the Department of Health

The number of new cases has increased in the past seven days, up from 572 to 824.

There are 69 people in hospital with Covid-19 and nine of them are in ICU with five being ventilated.

Coronavirus clusters are present in four care homes.

Bed occupancy in the north's hospitals is at 98%, and four hospitals are operating over capacity. They are the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital and City Hospital plus Enniskillen's South West Acute Hospital.

The rolling seven-day case rate is 43.8 per 100,000 of the population for the dates April 9-15, up from 30.4 in the previous seven days. Derry City and Strabane council area has the highest rate (112.8) while Ards and North Down has the lowest rate (21.8).

In the same period 22 people were admitted to hospital with Covid-19, down from 37. Six people also died, down from 10.

To date 1,100,577 vaccinations have been given, 850,103 of those were first doses and 250,474 were second doses.

This morning the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) released its weekly figures, and put the death toll at 2,936.

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