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No Covid-19 patients in ICU in NI for first time in 10 months

Another 81 cases of coronavirus were confirmed

THERE were no Covid-19 patients in intensive care units in Northern Ireland today for the first time in 10 months.

Figures from the Department of Health also revealed there were no deaths linked to the virus.

It means the death toll remains at 2,154.

There were 15 confirmed Covid-19 inpatients in hospital, but none were in intensive care - the first time ICU units in the north have had no coronavirus patients since August last year.

In a post on Twitter, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said: "For the first time in 10 months in the north, there are zero Covid patients in intensive care

"A massive thank you to our healthcare workers for their efforts - let’s keep playing our part and making progress."

Other figures last night revealed there were another 81 cases of coronavirus confirmed, with one confirmed outbreak in a care home.

Bed occupancy in hospitals was at 104 per cent last night or 120 beds over capacity.

Six hospitals are operating beyond capacity - Antrim Hospital, the 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.

Other figures reveal that the seven-day infection rate in the north is 29.0.

Derry and Strabane has the highest rate at 59.7 while Ards and North Down has the lowest at 9.9.

The latest vaccination statistics show 1,814,278 jabs have been administered - 1,094,478 first doses and 719,800 second doses.

Meanwhile, in the Republic there were a further 271 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

There were 77 people in hospital with the virus, with 27 in intensive care units.

No deaths were reported by the department of health, which said daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update.

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