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Five new Covid deaths in north as hospital patients exceed peak of first wave

Latest figures show five more people have died from coronavirus in Northern Ireland

FIVE further deaths linked to Covid-19 were reported in Northern Ireland yesterday.

A total of 342 people were also being treated in hospital - 20 more than at the peak of the first wave of the virus in April.

There were 727 positive cases recorded yesterday, bringing the total during the pandemic to 34,832.

The Belfast council area again had most with 153, followed by Mid Ulster with 97 and Derry City and Strabane with 77.

The lowest figure was again recorded by Fermanagh and Omagh with 25 new cases.

Derry City and Strabane continues to have the highest rate of Covid cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days at 538, closely followed by Mid Ulster on 532 and Belfast with 502.

The number of deaths recorded by the Department of Health during the pandemic now stands at 658.

In the Republic, meanwhile, three further deaths were recorded yesterday and 939 new cases of the virus.

The state has now recorded 1,882 deaths from coronavirus since the start of the pandemic and there have been 58,067 positive tests.

Of Monday's cases, 444 were men and 483 women, while two-thirds of the infections were among people under the age of 45.

There were 262 cases in Dublin, 96 in Cork, 61 in Meath, 53 in Galway and 51 in Donegal.

There were 90 deaths in England recorded yesterday, bringing its total 39,856, and 17,883 new positive cases.

Scotland, where 2,701 people have died from coronavirus, reported one new death and 1,122 cases.

In Wales there were six further deaths and 1,158 new positive cases.

The total number of deaths now stands at 1,783.

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