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One further Covid-19 death as 65 new cases recorded

Another 65 people tested positive for coronavirus
Digital Staff

Another person has died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It brings the total number of deaths recorded by the department to 2,147.

There have been 65 new positive cases since yesterday after 2,076 people were tested.

In hospitals 62 patients have tested positive with six of these in intensive care and three on ventilation.

Bed occupancy in hospitals is 100 per cent with seven hospitals operating beyond capacity; Antrim Hospital, Belfast City Hospital, Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, the Mater Hospital in north Belfast, the Royal Victoria Hospital in west Belfast, the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

There are five outbreaks in care homes around the north.

In the last 24 hours 10,754 vaccinations have been administered, taking the total number of vaccinations to 1,436,817; 963,315 first doses and 473,502 second doses.

In the Republic there have been four further deaths linked to Covid-19 and an additional 434 confirmed cases.

There were zero cases among people aged over 85 and just two cases among people aged between 75 and 84.

As of this morning, there were 126 patients in hospital with the disease, of which 34 are in intensive care units.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has called for caution as the country continues to open up.

He said: "It is extremely important that business owners, employees and customers take great care and review safety protocols and practices, and ensure to consider all the actions we can all take as individuals to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

"Only return to the workplace if it is necessary to do so. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. If you feel unsafe in a crowded environment, feel empowered to turn around and go home."

Earlier today the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) released figures showing 2,958 deaths linked to the virus had occurred in NI up to April 30.

Nisra obtains its data from death certificates on which Covid-19 is recorded as a factor by a medical professional, regardless of where the death took place or whether the patient tested positive.

The Department of Health’s statistics focus primarily on hospital deaths and only include people who have tested positive for the virus.

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