10 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Northern Ireland

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Ten more positive cases of coronavirus have been detected in Northern Ireland, according to the Department of Health.

The total number of people who have been infected is 5,948.

No new deaths were recorded, leaving the total number of fatalities in the region at 556, according to official figures which are mostly comprised of hospital deaths where a patient had previously tested positive for the virus.

Two people with Covid-19 are currently being treated in intensive care in a Northern Ireland hospital.

The latest Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) figures published today show the provisional number of all deaths between July 17 and 24 was 307.

That's 67 more than in the previous week and 42 more than the five-year average (265).

That five-year death rate is used to compare the number of weekly deaths that would normally be recorded at this time of year.

Nisra figures also reveal that 1,040 "excess deaths" were registered in the past 17 weeks.

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