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Coronavirus: 222 more cases in Northern Ireland and 274 in Republic

No further deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll remains at 575.

There have been a further 222 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period, according to the Department of Health.

It is one of the biggest daily increases in the region since the start of the pandemic.

This brings the total number of cases in the region to 9,165, including 913 in the last seven days.

No further deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll remains at 575.

There are four people who are currently in intensive care being treated for the virus. There are currently 21 Covid inpatients in Northern Ireland's hospitals.

There are 27 care homes are dealing with outbreaks of the virus.

The current estimate of the virus’s reproductive rate is 1.2.

In the Republic of Ireland, a further 274 confirmed cases of Covid-19 were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Of the latest cases, 166 were in Dublin, 21 in Cork, 19 in Donegal, seven in Kildare, seven in Offaly, six in Waterford, six in Wicklow, five in Louth, five in Limerick and five in Meath – while the remaining 27 cases are located across 12 counties.

No further deaths were reported, leaving Ireland’s toll at 1,792.

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