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Coronavirus: Nine unoccupied intensive care beds in Northern Ireland as Covid-19 numbers continue to rise

There are currently nine unoccupied intensive care beds in Northern Ireland. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire 

There are currently just nine unoccupied intensive care hospital beds in Northern Ireland as the health service continues to battle Covid-19.

ICU units are 92 per cent full with 39 patients in intensive care, 30 of whom have been placed on ventilation.

There are another 60 patients in ICU receiving non-Covid treatment, meaning 99 of the total 108 beds are occupied.

There are currently a total of 342 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital.

The Department of Health announced another five Covid-19-linked deaths in the last 24-hour reporting period and 727 new cases of the virus.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 658.

There have been 34,832 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, including 6,828 in the last seven days.

In care homes, there are 99 outbreaks and 11 suspected outbreaks.

Earlier today, it was announced that a ward at the Ulster Hospital in Belfast has closed to new admissions due to patients and staff being affected by Covid-19.

Also, data released by the PSNI shows they have issued more than 3,000 fines and warnings related to coronavirus regulations.

The 3,118 total includes 45 fines of £1,000 for failure to self-isolate.

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