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Covid-19: Six more deaths as 1,304 new cases reported

Another 1,304 cases of the virus have been recorded

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

The total recorded death toll  now stands at 2,606.

Another 1,304 cases of the virus were recorded in the most recent 24 hour reporting period.

This morning there were 345 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 38 were in intensive care. Of these, 27 are on ventilation.

Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 148 beds.

There are 67 outbreaks in care homes.

To date 2,565,983 vaccines have been administered.

The figures were released after a new report found less than five minutes of scrolling through social media posts of bad news about Covid-19 is enough to lower a person’s mood.

Participants were randomly assigned to spend a few minutes reading bad news relating to coronavirus on Twitter or watching a YouTube video of someone commenting about it.

In both studies, participants reported lower wellbeing compared with a control group who had not been exposed to any Covid-19 news.

Meanwhile, a further 1,627 cases of Covid-19 have been notified in the Republic of Ireland.

This morning, there were 415 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 70 were in ICU. 

The Republic of Ireland's deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said there has been an increase in the spread of Covid-19.

"Unfortunately, we have seen increases across key indicators of Covid-19 right across the country and the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated in recent days," he said.

"All indicators of Covid-19 are pointing towards a deteriorating disease trajectory nationally. We are seeing an increase in incidence in all age groups, including older age groups. The national incidence is now 415/100,000.

"As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system, with an average of 50 people being admitted to hospital per day (up from 35 per day at the end of September) and five admissions to intensive care per day.

"It's important that anyone who is fully vaccinated is reassured that vaccines give very good protection from Covid-19.

"However, when incidence of disease is high, we will see breakthrough infections in vaccinated people - most people's experience of infection will be mild, but some will end up in hospital and intensive care. We want to avoid that.

"Please continue to protect yourself by adhering to the public health advice. This will stop the spread and drive down incidence of Covid-19 in our communities."

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