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Covid-19: 10 further deaths and 412 new cases

Covid-19 continues to add significant additional stress to frontline care staff's day-to-day jobs
Digital Staff

Another 10 people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It takes the total recorded by the department since the pandemic began to 1,899.

There were 412 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

In hospitals, 671 patients have tested positive for the virus with 68 in intensive care, 63 of whom are on ventilators.

The average seven-day infection rate per 100,000 for Northern Ireland is 170.3, which is the lowest it has been since December 12. The highest rate is in Mid Ulster at 284.0 while the lowest is Derry and Strabane on 98.2.

There are 100 outbreaks in care homes.

Last night Health Minister Robin Swann said that while coronavirus infection rates are falling, they remain "too high" with frontline staff continuing to face severe pressures.

He added there were "no shortcuts" out of lockdown.

The Department of Health this afternoon confirmed that 289,274 vaccines have been administered, of which 263,735 were first doses and 25,539 were second doses.

Meanwhile, in the Republic of Ireland almost 220,000 coronavirus vaccinations have been administered.

HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid said 51,200 vaccinations were given last week.

To date, 219,200 jabs have been administered. This includes some 152,000 first doses and 67,000 second doses.

Mr Reid said some 86,000 vaccinations have been given to people in long-term care facilities, including 12,000 people who have received two doses.

A total of 130,000 vaccinations have been administered to frontline healthcare staff, including 55,000 who have received both doses.

Next week, the HSE plans to administer about 29,000 vaccines - 9,000 jabs in long-term care facilities, 15,000 to frontline healthcare workers and 5,000 to GPs.

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