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Covid-19: Two further deaths and 149 more cases recorded

Covid rates are dropping across the north as Stormont minister are set to reveal a roadmap to ease lockdown
Digital Staff

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

The death toll recorded by the department since the start of the pandemic stands at 2,059.

There were 149 new cases after 1,769 individuals were tested.

The number of patients in the north's hospitals who have tested positive for the virus has dropped to 289. Of these, 34 are in intensive care with 30 on ventilators.

Bed occupancy is 94 per cent.

The average seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 stands at 76.5. This is the lowest since September 27.

The rate in all 11 council areas in the north is now below 100.

The figures were released as ministers at Stormont agreed a phased plan for taking Northern Ireland out of lockdown.

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill will outline the details on the floor of the assembly later this afternoon on behalf of her and First Minister Arlene Foster.

This afternoon the Department of Health confirmed that 572,759 vaccines have been administered, of which 537,389 were first doses and 35,370 were second doses.

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