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4 Covid-19 deaths, 1,124 new cases

There are more patients than beds in hospitals across the north with 252 people awaiting admission
Maeve Connolly

Four more people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 and 1,124 others have been diagnosed with the disease.

The highest number of new cases continue to be found among the 10 to 14 age group (19%).

The infection rate is 452.5 and the council area with the highest rate is Antrim and Newtownabbey (554) while Derry City and Strabane has the lowest infection rate (316.6).

There are 34 people with Covid-19 in ICU, of whom 26 are being ventilated, and overall there are 364 in-patients with Covid-19.

There are more patients than beds in hospitals across the north with 252 people awaiting admission.

There are outbreaks in 50 care homes.

The death toll stands at 2,669.

Meanwhile, there have been a further 2,193 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

As of this morning, there were 513 patients in hospitals with the disease, with 97 of those in intensive care units.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said: “I am increasingly worried about the rising incidence of the disease nationwide. Our primary focus now must be to protect the most vulnerable from Covid-19.

“We are seeing a continuing increase in hospitalisation and intensive care admissions – a substantial amount of whom are not fully vaccinated – placing our frontline healthcare services, including non-Covid care, under significant pressure.”

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