Nine Covid-19 related deaths and 223 new infections detected in last 24 hours
The Department of Health (DoH) recorded nine additional Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total number of Covid related deaths in Northern Ireland since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 2,096.
Six of the nine deaths occurred in the 24 hours to 10.00am on Thursday and three occurred outside of that time frame but have now been officially recorded for the first time.
The nine deaths occurred in the following local council areas: Belfast (one); Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (two); Antrim and Newtownabbey (one); Mid Ulster (two); Causeway, Coast and Glens (one); Derry City and Strabane (one) and not known (one).
Five of the nine to sadly pass away were female and four were male.
Four of the individuals were aged between 60 and 79 while the remaining five were aged 80 or older.
Eight of the nine deaths occurred in a hospital setting and one occurred in a residential/care home setting.
The DoH also recorded an additional 223 new infections in the last 24 hours.
It takes the total number of positive cases in the last seven days and since the pandemic began to 1,277 and 114,399 respectively.
As of midnight on Wednesday there were 189 inpatients with Covid-19 in hospitals across Northern Ireland.
There were 119 intensive care unit beds available; 26 were occupied by patients with Covid-19; 70 were occupied by patients with other conditions and 23 were unoccupied.
The hospital bed capacity right across Northern Ireland is at 93 per cent.