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3 deaths, 1,641 new cases of Covid-19

The highest number of new cases in the past seven days is among the 20-39 age group with 3,296 people testing positive
Maeve Connolly

Three more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 while a further 1,641 cases have been reported in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.

The death toll now stands at 2,209. 

There are 226 Covid positive patients in hospital, 39 of whom are in intensive care with 27 of them on ventilators.

The highest number of new cases in the past seven days is among the 20-39 age group with 3,296 people testing positive. 

The seven-day average incidence rate has risen to 428, however, the rate is higher in three council areas - Mid Ulster, followed by Belfast and then Derry City and Strabane.

There are Covid-19 outbreaks in 103 care homes across the north, up from 97 on Monday. Five hospitals are operating over capacity.

2,292,163 vaccines have been administered in total.

The commissioner for older people today urged the remaining unvaccinated care home staff to get the Covid-19 jab.

Eddie Lynch was speaking as it emerged that around a quarter of care home staff have not yet been vaccinated against the virus.

More than 90% of care home residents have had both doses of the jab.

Meanwhile, in the Republic there have been 1,491 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

There are 193 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 28 of whom are in ICU.

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