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Covid-19: Four more deaths as 1,051 new cases recorded

Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 224 beds
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Another four people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The total number of deaths since the pandemic began now stands at 2,639.

A further 1,051 cases of the virus were recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

As of this morning, there were 357 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 35 in intensive care. Of these, 25 are on ventilators.

Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 224 beds.

Today's figures were released after a leading consultant warned patients are set to miss out on treatment due to increasing pressure in the north's hospitals.

Dr David Farren, a specialist in infection prevention and control at the Northern Health Trust, has said the current pressure faced by the health service is the worst he has seen in 20 years of practice.

The senior consultant said winter viruses are set to increase the pressure already caused by the pandemic, and said he fears a new variant of the virus, called Delta Plus, could exacerbate the problem in the weeks and months ahead.

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