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Four more deaths linked to Covid-19

Covid has claimed four more lives in Northern Ireland
Digital Staff

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

The Department of Health said there had also been 1,145 new confirmed cases in the last 24-hour reporting period.

This morning there were 384 Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 32 in intensive care. Of these, 25 are on ventilators.

A total of 2,508,203 vaccines have been administered.

The latest figures come as Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill  warned that the health service is about to topple over without "immediate action" from the Executive.

After visiting the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with First Minister Paul Givan, Ms O'Neill said staff were "begging" for help.

"What we heard repeatedly today is that the staff here are exhausted, they are physically and mentally exhausted, they're extremely anxious for the winter months ahead and what that will bring," she said.

"They're burned out is the best way probably to put it, they're seeing increased staff absences, for obvious reasons because they've had to make such difficult decisions.

Meanwhile, a further 1,423 cases of Covid-19 have been notified in the Republic of Ireland.

At 8am today, there were 286 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 63 in intensive care.

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