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Covid-19: Four more deaths as 2,954 new cases recorded

It brings the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 3,035
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A further four people who previously tested positive for Covid-19 have died, the Department of Health has said.

It brings the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 3,035.

Another 2,954 confirmed cases of the virus were also recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

This morning, there were 402 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 30 in intensive care. Of these, 25 are on ventilation.

There are currently six unoccupied ICU beds across the north.

Hospitals are at 105 per cent capacity or a combined 141 beds across the north.

Today's figures were released after Education Minister Michelle McIlveen warned schools can expect disruption to learning in the coming weeks because of the spread of the Omicron variant, Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said.

In a letter updating parents in Northern Ireland on the impact of the Covid pandemic, the DUP minister said the Executive has a shared objective to keep schools “open and safe”.

She also told parents that opening windows was the most effective way of helping ventilation in classrooms and added that she had encouraged schools to be flexible with their uniform policies.

 

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