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Coronavirus: 1,012 new cases and five deaths

Some 7,090 new positive cases have been notified in the last seven days.

There have been 1,012 new Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland in the last 24-hour reporting period, the Department of Health has announced.

Some 7,090 new positive cases have been notified in the last seven days.

There are 228 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital, with 30 in intensive care.

There were five deaths reported on Sunday, taking the toll recorded by the department to 615.

Four prison officers in Northern Ireland have tested positive for Covid-19.

The staff members are based at the Hydebank Wood facility for women and young offenders in south Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service said a further 14 staff who tested negative are self-isolating and two prisoners have been put into isolation as a precaution.

“The Prison Service has well-established and embedded arrangements for testing staff, and to track and trace close contacts following a positive case,” said a spokesman.

“Following the contact tracing at HBW a further 14 staff, who have all tested negative, are self-isolating and two prisoners have also been put into isolation as a precaution.”

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