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Covid-19: Four more deaths as 3,295 new cases recorded

The north's hospitals are operating at 104 per cent capacity
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Another four people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The total number of deaths now stands 3,042.

There are 395 inpatients with Covid-19 with 28 in intensive care. Of these, 22 are on ventilation.

There are 20 unoccupied beds in the north's ICU units.

Hospitals are 113 beds over capacity or 104 per cent.

Today's figures were released after unvaccinated pregnant women were urged to come forward for jabs to reduce the risk of birth complications resulting from Covid-19 infection.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride warned that a new study shows contracting Covid towards the end of pregnancy - particularly in the 28 days before giving birth - increases the risk of preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths.

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