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One further Covid-19-related death reported in Northern Ireland as well as 89 new cases

One further Covid-19-related death was reported in Northern Ireland yesterday as well as 89 new cases
Marie Louise McConville

One further Covid-19-related death was reported in Northern Ireland yesterday bringing the overall number of fatalities so far to 2,147.

The Department of Health also reported 89 new positive cases meaning that since the beginning of the pandemic last March, 121,111 people in the north have had the virus.

Of the 89 new cases, the majority were detected in the Derry and Strabane area, where there were 25 followed by the Causeway Coast and Glens, where there were 12, and Newry, Mourne and Down, where there were 11.

There were no cases reported in the Lisburn and Castlereagh council area.

Currently there are 56 Covid-positive patients in hospital.

Of these, three are in intensive care and all are ventilated.

Hospitals in Northern Ireland are operating at 99 per cent capacity however, the City in Belfast, the Causeway, the Royal Victoria and Ulster hospitals are all operating at over capacity.

There are also 167 people awaiting admission to hospital.

There are also currently five active Covid-19 outbreaks in case homes.

In the Republic, there were nine Covid-related deaths recorded last night.

A further 379 new cases of the virus were also confirmed.

Figures showed that the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care was 34, a rise of three since yesterday.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland's vaccination programme yesterday revealed that the number of people who have received both doses of their vaccine has passed the half a million mark.

In addition, close to one million first vaccine doses have also been administered.

The landmarks come as a new public information campaign, urging people to take the vaccine, is launched.

Health Minister Robin Swann said: "It is hugely encouraging to see so many people already benefitting from the longer and stronger protection provided by second doses.

"It is vital that people keep coming forward for their first and second doses when their turn comes," he said.

"The availability of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines has played a huge role in our battle against COVID-19.

"Getting the second vaccine dose is very important because it maximises the level of protection against COVID-19".

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