Covid 19: Eight more deaths as 1,367 new cases recorded
Eight further deaths of patients who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health.
The death toll since the pandemic began now stands at 2,629.
There have been 29 Covid-related deaths in past seven days, up from 24 in the previous week.
There were 1,367 cases of the virus recorded in the most recent 24-hour reporting period.
This morning, there were 366 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 31 were in intensive care. Of these, 20 are on ventilators.
Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 156 beds and there are currently 60 outbreaks of coronavirus in care homes.
To date 2,578,675 vaccines have been administered.
Today's figures were revealed after First Minister Paul Given said wearing face coverings in crowded indoor settings will remain a legal requirement throughout this autumn and winter.
Mr Givan also said that Covid status certification could be deployed as a contingency measure in some high-risk settings if cases rise sharply.
But, setting out the Executive’s Autumn/Winter Covid Contingency Plan, the DUP MLA said if everybody follows the rules the public can look forward to a winter with fewer restrictions than at any point during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, in the Republic there have been 2,399 new cases of Covid-19 reported. There are 473 people with Covid-19 in hospitals today.