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Covid-19: Six further deaths as 4,081 new cases recorded

Another 4,081 confirmed cases of the virus were recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period
Digital Staff

A further six people who previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland have died, the Department of Health said.

It brings the total number of deaths to 3,048.

Another 4,081 confirmed cases of the virus were also recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

This morning, there were 412 Covid-positive patients in hospital, with 28 in intensive care. Of these, 22 are on ventilators.

There are 18 unoccupied ICU beds in the north.

Hospitals are over capacity by 143 beds with most reporting no free beds.

Today's figures were released after it was revealed a massive drop in training opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons during the pandemic could have dire consequences as graduates feel "poorly prepared" to perform operations, a doctor has warned.

Graham Finlayson, a trainee surgeon in the Belfast trust, revealed that just five per cent of planned orthopaedic procedures had taken place over the past three months compared with pre-Covid levels.

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