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Covid-19: 12 more deaths recorded

Digital Staff

Twelve further deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health.

The total number of deaths now stands at 2,385.

In the past seven days, 50 deaths have been linked to coronavirus.

It its daily update on the pandemic, the department also said there had also been 793 new confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.

This morning there were 417 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 46 in intensive care. Of these, 38 are on ventilators.

Hospitals in the north are currently 188 beds over capacity.

The seven-day infection rate per 100,000 is 496.0.

There are 135 outbreaks in care homes.

So far, 2,452,955 vaccines have been administered.

Last night it was recommended that people with severely weakened immune systems, including some cancer sufferers, are being recommended to get a third Covid-19 vaccine.

The UK government's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that people aged 12 and over who were "severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second dose" should receive a booster shot as they may be "less protected" than others who have received two jabs.

 

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