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Covid-19: Nine more deaths as 4,383 new cases recorded

Another 4,383 confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period
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Nine further people who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 have died, the Department of Health has confirmed.

It takes the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,086.

Another 4,383 confirmed cases of the virus have also been recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.

This morning, there were 395 Covid-19 inpatients in hospital, 22 of whom were being treated in ICUs. Of these, 17 are on ventilation.

Hospitals in the north are over capacity by 149 beds.

Today's figures were released after a leading teaching union has claimed principals have “been left to fend for themselves” amid new Covid-19 guidance issued to schools.

The National Association of Head Teachers NI (NAHT NI) said the revised guidance from the Education Authority (EA) and Public Health Agency (PHA) had been met with “cynicism” from principals.

The union said that despite requests for contact tracing to be re-instated in schools, “any efforts to manage the potential spread of transmission across school communities has disappeared in all but name”.

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