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Five further Covid deaths in the north

The Department of Health has said 70 percent of Covid patients in ICU are unvaccinated.
Paul Ainsworth

FIVE Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the north on Sunday by Stormont's Department of Health.

The latest deaths take Northern Ireland's confirmed Covid death toll to 2,504.

A further 889 cases of infection were also recorded, down by 183 from the previous day. That means 226,276 confirmed cases have been recorded in total.

In the Republic, a further 1,224 cases were recorded yesterday, taking the confirmed case total to 375,367. Confirmed deaths in the south remain at 5,179.

There were 278 Covid inpatients across the Republic's hospitals yesterday, of which 63 were receiving intensive units (ICU). Figures for the north's inpatients will be updated today.

Meanwhile, the number of people in the north to have received both required Covid vaccine doses in the north has risen to 1,200,606.

The figure follows the launch of the 'Jabbathon' initiative that promotes vaccine uptake among students at universities and higher education colleges.

Figures published by the Department of Health last week show that of those in ICU wards with Covid, 72 percent are totally unvaccinated, while eight percent have had one dose and 20 percent have had both doses.

"Every single vaccination counts - for individuals, for their family and friends and for our health service," minister Robin Swann said while speaking about the initiative, which will also provide a walk-in clinic at this week's Balmoral Show.

"We are all deeply concerned about the immense pressures on the health and care system. Getting your jab is the single most important thing you can do for the health service and its staff."

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