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Nine Covid-19 deaths, 1,122 new cases

On October 31 nightclubs can reopen and social distancing rules that have limited capacity in pubs and restaurants will end
Maeve Connolly

Nine more people have died with Covid-19 while a further 1,122 people have tested positive.

There are 349 people in hospital who have tested positive for the virus and 33 of them are in ICU of whom 24 are being ventilated. Hospitals have more patients than beds and 253 people are awaiting admission.

The death toll stands at 2,874 and the infection rate is 427.3. Antrim and Newtownabbey council area has the highest infection rate (535.2) while Derry City and Strabane has the lowest (287.5). 

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Conor Murphy says Northern Ireland is not expected to face another coronavirus lockdown this winter.

Mr Murphy said it is an “uncertain time” in terms of the spread of the virus and a cautious approach to the pandemic is still required.

The minister also said the economic impact of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland has not transpired to be as severe as once feared.

He was commenting ahead of the latest planned lifting of restrictions at the weekend.

On Sunday, nightclubs can reopen and social distancing rules that have limited capacity in pubs and restaurants will end.

 

 

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