Covid care home outbreaks – in single figures for months – surge to 85 across NI

The latest figures from the Department of Health show that there are 85 confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes across Northern Ireland.

Friday, 30th July 2021, 7:37 pm
Updated Friday, 30th July 2021, 7:45 pm
Covid outbreaks in NI care homes have surged since mid-July.

The rate of care home outbreaks has been in single figures since March but has risen sharply since mid July.

The department says that 50 of the outbreaks are displaying symptoms, 34 are not, and one is unknown either way.

The figures yesterday also showed that 232 inpatients in NI had Covid-19, a steady rise from the summer low of 17 patients on June 14.

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Of current inpatients, 32 are in intensive care, 25 of whom are on ventilators.

The department also said that 101% of NI hospital beds are currently occupied.

Over 155,000 people in NI have tested positive for Covid to date.

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