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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: 511 new cases reported and no further deaths

Death toll stands at 2,158

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Vaccination Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Vaccination Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Vaccination Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A further 511 positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health on Tuesday.

No further deaths have been reported. The death toll in Northern Ireland now stands at 2,158.

A total of 2,130,073 vaccines have now been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 1,186,295 are first doses and 943,778 second doses.

Coronavirus Data Graphs

Limited figures are being published by the Department of Health as a result of the bank holiday period. The next full update will be on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, one in five high street workers are self-isolating due to Government pandemic tracing rules, and the situation could worsen, hospitality and retail bosses have warned MPs.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade group UKHospitality, told MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee that firms have forecast that a third of staff could soon be isolating.

She said this comes on top of a wider labour shortage following the impact of lockdown measures and people moving out of the sector to find employment.

Ms Nicholls told the committee on Tuesday: "We have one in five hospitality staff in isolation, and we have particular concerns as around 60% of our staff are under 30.

"The changes to allow double-vaccinated people to avoid isolation won't kick in in a material way until September because the workforce won't have been able to have their second jabs until then.

"We believe we need to have a test-to-release policy to help them work.

"For many of our small businesses, if you lose one or two of your workers you don't have enough people to open at all, and obviously that has huge ramifications."

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said there was a similar proportion of shop worker absences due to isolation rules.

"We are seeing some vacancy rates of around 20%," she told MPs.

"And only some of that is directly people with Covid - a lot is the indirect consequence of having to isolate, irrespective of tests or whether one has had two vaccines.

"I think it is an immediate issue that comes with the lifting of restrictions."


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