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Covid-19: Seven more deaths as 1,690 new cases recorded

A further 1,690 positive cases have been recorded

Another seven people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The death toll since the pandemic bagan now stands at 2,827.

A further 1,690 positive cases have been recorded today.

There are currently 410 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 33 in intensive care. Of these, 21 are on ventilators. 

There are 14 unoccupied ICU beds in the north.

Overall hospital occupancy is currently at 103 per cent.

Today's figures were released after Chief Medical Officer Sir Michael McBride said he does not think the north is facing the prospect of another coronavirus lockdown.

However, Sir Michael warned that Northern Ireland was facing a very serious situation and some further restrictions on certain settings may be required if efforts to suppress the current Covid-19 wave fail.

“I don’t think that we’ll go back to the situation that we had before, back in March last year, when we had that lockdown,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the Republic there have been a further 3,138 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

As of this morning, there were 643 patients in hospitals with the disease, with 118 in intensive care.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said: "Anyone who is going to get Covid-19 in December has not yet been infected."

"Their infection is not inevitable and there is still time to prevent it by small changes in our behaviour."

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