The Northern Ireland Department of Health reported no further Covid-related deaths today (Monday) – 20 days since the last death.
According to the official scorecard, 211 more positive cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, including six in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - the second lowest for NI. There were 40 in Newry, Morne and Down – the second highest in NI – while the District of Mid-Ulster recorded eight.
A total of 1,904 people were tested.
There are 16 people in hospitals in Northern Ireland because of the virus, including two in an intensive care unit.
There are two more Covid patients in the Southern Trust area, one of whom is in Craigavon Area Hospital, the other in St Luke’s, Armagh
There are currently 17 intensive care beds available in Northern Ireland.
The total number of deaths recorded by the Department is 2,155.
The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area has a total of 285 deaths. Newry, Morne and Down District have 168 deaths while Mid-Ulster has recorded 206 deaths.
The latest statistics come a day when Health Minister Robin Swann highlighted how vaccination opens the doors to normalcy.
In an open letter (below), the Minister made a personal appeal to those who have not yet been stung, saying, “Please don’t delay your turn. The right time is now.
He continued, “Vaccination helps us get our lives back. We all want to continue enjoying the things we’ve missed so much – going out, meeting up, having fun with family and friends.
“It now also appears that some overseas trips and even other activities and events may require official proof that you’ve had both jabs.
“One way or another, vaccination opens the doors to normalcy.
“Of course, it’s all about taking care of each other. Vaccination protects you and others.
“You might think you are part of a low risk group for Covid. It may be true, but you are not sure. And if you contract the virus, you could end up infecting someone who is still very vulnerable, or have a long Covid yourself.
“A small percentage of people do not have full protection against vaccination. It’s inevitable. No vaccine in history has been 100% effective for 100% of people.
“So we need to protect these people – doing everything we can to prevent the virus from spreading and reaching them.
“It means we all lend an arm and get the jab.”
Vaccination centers in Northern Ireland now offer the first dose of Pfizer vaccine to people of all adult age groups – anyone 18 years of age and over.
There will also be mobile, walk-in and pop-up clinics at various locations.
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