Woman aged 20-39 becomes NI's first Covid related death in almost a month

A woman aged between 20 and 39 has become the first Covid-19 related death to be recorded in Northern Ireland in almost a month.

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Tragically, it means there have been 2,156 Covid-19 related deaths recorded in Northern Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic.

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  • Positive cases of ‘Thai variant’ detected in Northern Ireland
  • UK cases of Delta variant of Covid-19 have risen almost four-fold, figures show
  • 1,509 cases of Delta variant in Northern Ireland

Woman aged 20-39 becomes NI's first Covid related death in almost a month

A woman aged between 20 and 39 has become the first Covid-19 related death to be recorded in Northern Ireland in almost a month, the latest data from the Department of Health (DoH) shows.

The death occurred in the Newry, Mourne and Down council area in the in the last 24 hours making it the first Covid related death to be recorded in Northern Ireland since June 8.

It takes Northern Ireland’s total Covid-19 related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 2,156.

The DoH also recorded a further 339 new infections.

In the last seven days, 2,077 individuals have tested positive for the virus - this is an increase of 66 per cent in the total number of individuals testing positive in the previous seven day period.

UK cases of Delta variant of Covid-19 have risen almost four-fold, figures show

UK cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 have risen almost four-fold in less than a month, new data shows - write Jane Kirby and Ian Jones, PA.

Public Health England figures show a total of 161,981 confirmed and probable cases of Delta variant have now been identified in the UK – up by 50,824, or 46%, on the previous week.

Of the 161,981 cases, 148,538 have been in England, 10,185 in Scotland, 1,749 in Wales and 1,509 in Northern Ireland.

The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, continues to account for approximately 95% of confirmed cases of coronavirus across the UK.

On June 9, there were 42,323 confirmed and probable cases. The latest figure of 161,981, as of June 30, is nearly four times as high.

Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist from the University of Warwick, said: “This data is important to consider in the decision to open up on the 19th July.

“We may have weakened the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths but this significant increase in infections with the Delta variant raises serious concerns.

“As the virus continues to spread in those who are unvaccinated or have only received one jab, it will result in more disease, including increasing the burden of long Covid.

“We are already seeing some of those who have been fully vaccinated getting infected and some of those become sick.

“And there is another worry – that as the virus spreads it will continue to generate new variants, increasing the risk that one will pop up that is more vaccine-resistant.”

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said: “Cases across the UK continue to rise and it is incredibly important that we do not forget to be careful.

“The best thing we can do to protect ourselves and the people we love is to get the vaccine if eligible, get tested twice a week and practise ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times.

“Although cases are rising, we are not seeing a proportional rise in the number of people who are being admitted to hospital.

“The data suggest this is testament to the success of the vaccination programme so far and clearly demonstrates the importance of getting both doses of the vaccine.”

It comes as new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows a rise in the number of people in England with Covid-19.

Around one in 260 people in private households in England had Covid in the week to June 26 – up from one in 440 in the previous week.

This is the highest level since the week to February 27.

Positive cases of 'Thai variant' detected in Northern Ireland

Two cases of the C.36.3 variant (first detected in Thailand in individuals who had travelled from Egypt) have been detected in Northern Ireland, according to data published by Public Health England (PHE).

What do we know about the C.36.3 variant?

It is currently categorised as a variant under investigation (VUI) by UK health authorities.

There is no evidence to suggest it results in a more severe illness or that existing variants are less effective against it.

The individuals who were found to be carrying C.36.3 tested positive while in mandatory quarantine in Thailand after travelling from Egypt.

The individuals have all since recovered.

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