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Covid-19: Another 10 deaths recorded

Covid pressures at Belfast Health Trust hospitals have prompted an urgent plea by bosses to all nursing staff. Picture by Hugh Russell.
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Another 10 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19, the Department of Health revealed today in its daily update on the pandemic.

The total number of recorded deaths now stands at 2,493.

There have been 1,239 confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.

There have been 8,662 cases over the past seven days, down from 10,834 the previous week.

This morning, there were 419 Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 38 in intensive care. Of these, 31 are on ventilators.

Hospitals are 86 beds over capacity.

There are 108 outbreaks in care homes.

A total of 2,503,796 vaccines have been administered.

Today's figures were released after Health Minister Robin Swann made a request for military assistance at the north's hospitals as Covid leaves the health service "under pressure as never before".

Mr Swann's call follows pleas by health trusts for nursing staff to assist as pressure mounts in Covid wards.

Yesterday the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust made an urgent plea for all nursing staff to come into work.

Meanwhile, in the Republic a further 1,392 cases of Covid-19 have been notified. At 8am today, there were 288 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 73 in intensive care.

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