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One further coronavirus-related death recorded in NI

The Department of Health said another 121 people had tested positive for the virus

ONE further coronavirus-related death has been recorded in Northern Ireland.

The death toll linked to Covid-19 since the pandemic began now stands at 2,155. The Department of Health said another 121 people had tested positive.

In the north's hospitals last night, there were 18 coronavirus patients, but none were in an intensive care unit.

A total of 1,849,169 vaccines have been administered so far in the north.

It comes as figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) yesterday reveal the lowest number of deaths recorded in one week since July 2020.

There was one fatality in the week of May 29 to June 4, taking the total number of coronavirus-related fatalities recorded by the agency to 2,976.

The Nisra data provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19 than the death toll reported by Stormont's Department of Health.

Of the 2,976 deaths recorded by Nisra by June 4, 1,972 (66 per cent) occurred in hospitals, 774 (26 per cent) in care homes, 14 (0.5 per cent) in hospices and 216 (seven per cent) at residential addresses or other locations.

Nisra reported that up to June 4, the deaths of 1,011 care home residents were linked to Covid-19.

The figure includes the 774 deaths that took place in care homes and a further 237 care home residents who died in hospital having been taken there for treatment.

Care home residents make up about 34% of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to Nisra.

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