Three more coronavirus related deaths in Northern Ireland

In the last seven days, there have been 763 positive cases. Credit: UTV

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

It brings the official death toll as recorded by the department to 2,140, 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 120 new positive cases, out of 3,198 individuals tested.

In the last seven days, there have been 763 positive cases.

There are currently 62 people with Covid-19 being treated in hospitals across Northern Ireland – seven of them in intensive care and five on ventilators.

There are also three confirmed and active outbreaks of coronavirus in care homes.Six hospitals are operating beyond capacity: The Ulster, Belfast City, South West Acute, Antrim Area, Causeway and Royal Victoria.The figures come as Health Minister Robin Swann has said the Covid-19 R number has fallen back slightly once again in Northern Ireland. Ahead of the publication of the detailed data later on Thursday, Mr Swann told members of the Assembly Health committee: "Recently there has been some volatility, especially over the Easter period, with case numbers falling rapidly and then rising, as was reflected in the R number which fell to between 0.4 and 0.6 over the Easter holidays before rising to between 0.95 and 1.4 last week. "I can advise that the Covid-19 modelling group met again earlier this week and has agreed that the R number has fallen back slightly and this is obviously welcome news, and, as always, we will continue to keep it under close observation.