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Covid-19: Five more deaths as 5,023 new cases recorded

There were 5,023 cases recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period
Digital Staff

Another five people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It takes the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,077.

There were 5,023 cases recorded in the latest 24-hour reporting period.

In hospitals, 21 patients in intensive care have tested positive for Covid-19. Of these, 18 are on ventilation.

Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 121 beds.

Today's figures were released after US drugmaker Pfizer announced it has begun a study comparing its original Covid-19 vaccine with doses specially tweaked to match the hugely contagious Omicron variant.

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