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Covid-19: Two more deaths as 2,272 new cases recorded in single day

The total number of deaths since the pandemic began now stands at 2,881
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Another two 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 2,881.

Another 2,272 cases of the virus were recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

It is the second time in the space of a week that more than 2,000 daily cases have been confirmed.

There are currently 324 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital with 30 in intensive care. Of these, 28 are on ventilators.

Hospitals are over capacity by a combined 132 beds. Belfast City Hospital is operating at almost 20 per cent beyond capacity.

Northern Ireland's seven-day infection rate is 640.1 per 100,000.

The figures were released as Health Minister Robin Swann told MLAs the Covid passport system allowing people access to hospitality venues is based on science and will reduce the spread of the virus.

Mr Swann also said a single message on coronavirus from the Executive would be the one that is “heard strongest”, amid ongoing tensions between some parties on regulations.

The minister was briefing his scrutiny committee on pressures facing the health service over the winter months.


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