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Covid-19: Four more deaths as 1,931 new cases recorded

This morning there were 36 patients in intensive care - up from 33 yesterday
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Another four people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It takes the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 2,851.

A further 1,931 cases of the virus were recorded in the department's daily update.

This morning there were 386 patients in hospital who had tested positive and 36 in intensive care - up from 33 yesterday. Of these, 25 are on ventilators.

Hospitals in the north are over capacity by a combined 152 beds.

Today's figures were released after ministers urged the public to reset their approach to Covid rules after bolstering work from home advice in the face of surging infection rates.

The powersharing executive in Belfast also agreed a series of other steps on Tuesday aimed at increasing compliance with existing Covid restrictions and advice.

After a meeting of the five-party coalition, First Minister Paul Givan and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill stressed their determination to keep businesses open over Christmas.

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