Hope on the horizon as NI hasn't recorded a single Covid-19 death in more than 72 hours

Northern Ireland has been free of Covid-19 related deaths for more than 72 hours, the latest data published by the Department of Health (DoH) shows.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 3:38 pm

It's the third consecutive day the DoH has been able to enter new data into its Covid-19 dashboard without having to update the total number of deaths.

The total number of deaths recorded in Northern Ireland since the beginning of pandemic more than a year ago still stands at 2,107.

The DoH did however record 181 new infections in the last 24 hours.

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Northern Ireland has been free of Covid-19 related deaths for more than 72 hours. (Photo: PA Wire)

It means the total number of new infections detected in the last seven days and since the beginning of the pandemic is 1,061 and 116,696 respectively.

The number of infections is continuing to come down but the speed of the decline is beginning to slow.

As mentioned, there were 1,061 infections detected over the last seven days but for the previous seven day period there 1,127 new infections.

Be that as it may, the DoH has carried out 16,200 more tests over the last seven days (38,248) than it did the previous seven day period when it ran a total 22,048 tests.

Confirmed Covid-19 admissions over the last seven days are down 35 per cent to 47 from the previous seven day period when the number of admissions was 72.

There has also been a 24 per cent reduction in the number of inpatients with Covid-19 over the last seven days from a total of 189 for the previous seven day period.

There are 106 intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Northern Ireland - 13 are occupied by patients with Covid-19; 70 are occupied by patients with other conditions and 23 are unoccupied.

The hospital bed capacity across all of Northern Ireland health and social care trust areas is currently at 97 per cent.

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