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Covid-19: Two more deaths as 1,973 new cases recorded

There were 1,973 new cases recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period
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Another two people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It takes the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 2,133.

There were 1,973 new cases recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.

This morning there were 134 Covid-19 positive patients in hospital, with eight in intensive care and three on ventilators.

There have been 146 hospital admissions in the past week, up from 94 in the previous week.

Hospitals are over capacity by 125 beds. All of the north's hospitals bar three are operating beyond capacity:

The average seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 is 479.9. The council area with the highest rate is Belfast on 800.5, while the lowest is Fermanagh & Omagh on 212.1.

There are 40 outbreaks in care homes.

In total, 2,184,162 vaccines have been administered.

Today's figures were released after dire warnings of 1,000 Covid hospital admissions by the end of next month were issued as infection rates soar.

Pleas to younger people to come forward for vaccinations were also made by health chiefs yesterday as almost one in five adults have not yet been jabbed.

Chief Medical Officer Prof Sir Michael McBride said the north’s 82 per cent vaccine uptake rate was lower than England, Scotland and Wales – but with a five per cent increase hospital cases could be slashed by half.

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