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Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Further two deaths reported

Another 184 individuals have tested positive for the virus, according to the latest update from the department.

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The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is prepared to be administered at a surgery in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is prepared to be administered at a surgery in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is prepared to be administered at a surgery in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)

A further two people have died in Northern Ireland after testing positive for coronavirus, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Another 184 individuals have tested positive for the virus, according to the latest update from the department.

On Saturday morning there were 307 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 36 were in intensive care.

The more recent deaths reported by officials brings Northern Ireland’s death toll to 2,052 since the outbreak of Covid-19 a year ago.

A total of 112,357 people in the region has contracted the virus since the first case was reported last February.

More than half a million people have received a Covid-19 vaccine, of which 505,188 were first doses and 31,898 were second doses.

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While Northern Ireland faces ongoing lockdown restrictions into April, its seven-day incidence rate fell to 89.8 per 100,000 people.

It is the lowest incidence rate since September, figures show.

The Minister for Health Robin Swann urged people to stay Covid-free this weekend.

“I would again urge everyone to maintain social distancing from others and stay local if they are heading outdoors,” Mr Swann said.

PA


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