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Seven more Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland

There are currently 114 coronavirus outbreak across care homes in the province.





Another seven people have died with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, bringing the death total to 1,039.

A further 451 people tested positive for the virus, the Department of Health confirmed.

The total number of positive Covid-19 cases now stands at 54,628.

Latest figures also show there are 394 patients in hospital with Covid-19, with 33 of these patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

There are currently 114 coronavirus outbreak across care homes in the province.

The average seven-day infection rate per 100,000 in Northern Ireland now stands at 132.3.

Figures also show that people aged between 40 to 59 have the highest infection rate over the last seven days.

It comes as the first recipient of the coronavirus vaccine in Northern Ireland will get the jab on Tuesday morning.

The Pfizer/BioNTech dose will be administered at 8am at a mass vaccination centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

A Department of Health spokesman confirmed that the rollout of the vaccine would take place from Tuesday morning.

The recipient will be one of an 800-plus team of vaccinators that will be involved in the subsequent rollout programme.

Stocks of coronavirus vaccine arrived in Northern Ireland on Friday.

They were transported via the Irish Republic, having arrived into Dublin port from Holyhead overnight.

There are 25,000 doses in the initial batch of the vaccine.

The stocks have been taken to a central storage facility operated by a private company. The location is not being disclosed.