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Coronavirus: 220 cases but no further deaths recorded in Northern Ireland

There have been another 220 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the north 

There have been 220 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period, the Department of Health has said.

It brings the total number of infections to 10,949, including 1,513 notified within the last seven days.

There were no further deaths recorded by the department, leaving the toll at 578.

In hospitals there are 46 patients who have tested positive for coronavirus , six of whom have been ventilated in intensive care.

There are 28 confirmed outbreaks in care homes and 11 suspected outbreaks.

Meanwhile, an additional 390 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) said.

There have been no further virus-related deaths, leaving the toll at 1,802, health officials confirmed.

Yesterday it was confirmed students living in Queen's University Belfast accommodation have tested positive for Covid-19.

It is understood some of the affected students are living in Holly Grove in the Elms Village, although the university did not confirm the specific location.

The university said those affected and those considered to be at risk have been asked to self-isolate "and are being fully supported to do so".

Education Minister Peter Weir told The Irish News today that despite a spike in cases affecting a growing number of schools, a wholesale shutdown is not being considered.

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