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Four more deaths linked to Covid-19 as 226 new cases confirmed

There are 307 patients with the virus in hospital
Digital Staff

Another four people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Deparment of Health has announced.

In its daily update on the pandemic, the department also revealed 226 new cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours. This is a rise of 77 compared to the 149 reported yesterday.

There are 307 patients with the virus in hospital. Of these, 31 are in intensive care and 29 are on ventilators.

Bed occupancy is currently at 95 per cent and there 23 outbreaks of the virus in care homes.

The seven-day infection rate per 100,000 for Northern Ireland is 75.4, the lowest in has been since Sepember 27.

Meanwhile, 582,881 vaccines have been administered to date, of which 545,019 were first doses and 37,862 were second doses.

Today's figures were released after the Stormont Executive released its blueprint for relaxing Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

While a timeline was absent from the ‘pathway out of restrictions’ paper, the Executive confirmed it will review potential relaxations on March 16, April 15, May 13 and June 10.

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