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North's Covid cases pass 200,000 as six more deaths recorded

The number of people to have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland has breached 200,000. Picture by Stephen Davison
Paul Ainsworth

THE number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in the north is now greater than 200,000.

Figures from the Department of Health show that a further 1,313 infections have been recorded, 54 more than on Monday.

The new total of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland so far is 200,660, while six more deaths reported on Tuesday take the confirmed fatality total to 2,364.

Meanwhile, there were 391 Covid inpatients across all hospitals in the north - three more than when the figures were last updated by the department on Friday.

Of these inpatients, 44 were being treated in intensive care units, with 37 on ventilators.

In the Republic, there were 355 people in hospital for Covid, down 27 from the previous day, while 54 patients were in ICU.

Dublin's Department of Health said another 1,382 cases of infection were recorded on Tuesday, while the most up-to-date vaccination data for the south shows that almost 7 million doses have been administered to date, with more than 3 million people now fully vaccinated having had their second required jab.

The Republic, meanwhile, is to offer another €1 million to the international facility for supporting equitable access to vaccinations.

The latest funding takes the Irish contribution to the COVAX initiative to €6 million. Minister for International Development and Diaspora Colm Brophy said: "The additional €1m which I am announcing today is a further sign of Ireland’s commitment to supporting the distribution of vaccines in low and middle income countries."

In the north, new data shows that more than 1 million people are now double-jabbed, while a total of 2,445,876 doses have been administered.

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