Two more coronavirus-related deaths recorded in NI

NI's coronavirus vaccination programme continues to be rolled out to try to get to grips with the pandemic. Credit: PA

Two more people who tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland have died in the last 24-hour period, according to the Department of Health.

It brings the official death toll as recorded by the department to 2,123, although that figure is expected to increase significantly when deaths in all community settings have been accounted for.

The latest figures also show there have been 98 new positive cases, out of 1,913 individuals tested.

In the last seven days, there have been 535 positive cases.

There are currently 102 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals across Northern Ireland – 12 of them in intensive care and nine on ventilators.

Bed occupancy is at 101%, with Antrim Area, Daisy Hill, the Royal Victoria, the South West Acute, and the Ulster Hospital all operating beyond capacity.

There are also five confirmed and active outbreaks of Covid-19 in care homes.

The latest figures come as Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said it is “thanks in no small measure” to the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine that Northern Ireland is now in a much better position than at the start of the year.

He added that he had already received his first dose and was looking forward to the second.

“We all want to live without a constant dread of Covid and to get our old lives back. Vaccination has an essential role in ensuring we have a better and safer summer,” Dr McBride added.