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Two deaths linked to Covid-19 as 159 new cases recorded

There have been 883 cases of Covid-19 recorded over the past seven days, up from 542 pver the previous week
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Another two people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It brings the total number of deaths recorded by the department to 2,132.

There were 159 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

It means there have been 883 cases recorded over the past seven days, up from 542 pver the previous week.

There are 76 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom eight are in intensive care. Six are on ventilators.

Hospital beds in the north are at 103 per cent occupancy. Six hospitals are operating beyond capacity; Antrim Hospital, Belfast City Hospital, Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, the Royal Victoria Hospital in west Belfast, the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

The seven-day infection rate in the north is 44.3 per 100,000. The area with the highest rate is Derry and Strabane on 101.5 while the lowest is Ards and North Down on 25.5.

There are three outbreaks of coronavirus in care homes.

To date in the north, 1,081,565 vaccinations have taken place. Of these, 844,284 were first doses while 237,281 were second doses.

Today's statistics were released as the Stormont executive is set to announce relaxations to the current Covid-19 lockdown.

Meanwhile, there have been a further eight deaths with coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland.

An additional 309 cases were also notified. As of 8am today there were 184 Covid-19 patients in hospital, of whom 51 were in intensive care.

And as of April 13, 1,094,964 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in the Republic.

This included 769,721 first doses and 325,243 second doses.

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