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Another 12 coronavirus deaths across the island of Ireland

A total of 869,342 people in Northern Ireland have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Picture by Yui Mok/PA Wire

THERE has been 12 further coronavirus deaths across the island of Ireland.

The Department of Health said one person has died from the virus in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll to 2,136.

Another 124 people tested positive for Covid-19, with the number of new cases increasing in the past seven days, up from 766 to 790.

Other figures reveal there were 71 people in hospital with coronavirus, including nine in ICU and six being ventilated.

Coronavirus clusters are present in two care homes.

A total of 869,342 people in Northern Ireland have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 283,478 have received two doses.

The total number of vaccines administered in the north is 1,152,820.

In the Republic, figures last night showed there were a further 11 Covid-19 related deaths and an additional 390 cases.

There were 179 coronavirus patients in hospital with the number of people in intensive care down two to 48.

Up until April 18, there has been 1,205,252 vaccines administered in the Republic.

Figures show that more than 852,000 people - 21.8 per cent of those aged 16 and over - have received their first dose of the vaccine.

In a statement the Irish government said the "administration of the vaccine is well advanced in a number of groups, including residents (aged over 65) and staff of long-term residential care facilities, frontline healthcare workers and those aged 70 and over".

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