Ninety-eight new cases of Covid-19 recorded and one further death
ONE further Covid-19 related death was yesterday recorded in Northern Ireland bringing the overall number of fatalities so far to 2,144.
There were also 98 new cases reported meaning that since the beginning of the pandemic last March, there have been 119,992 positive cases recorded in the north.
The majority of the new cases were recorded in the Derry and Strabane area, where there were 23 followed by Belfast (16) and the Causeway Coast and Glens (14).
Eleven new cases were also detected in Mid Ulster, nine in Newry, Mourne and Down, eight in Antrim and Newtownabbey, seven in Fermanagh and Omagh, and Mid and East Antrim, two in Lisburn and Castlereagh and one in Ards and North Down.
No new cases were reported in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.
There are 60 Covid-positive patients currently in hospital. Of these, eight are in intensive care and three are ventilated.
Hospitals are currently operating at 100 per cent capacity with Altnagelvin, Antrim, the Causeway, Mater, Royal Victoria, South West Acute and Ulster hospitals all operating at over capacity.
Yesterday, there were 159 people awaiting admission.
There are also five current Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes.
Of the deaths so far, the majority have been in the Belfast area, where there have been 387 followed by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, where there have been 285, and Mid and East Antrim, where 219 have been recorded.