By Peter Moor
For the fifth day running, no new COVID-19 related deaths have been announced in Northern Ireland by the Department of Health.
The death toll linked to the virus therefore remains at 554.
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📍For 5th day running, no new deaths related to COVID-19 in NI announced today
📍Death toll remains at 554.
📍4 new cases of the virus bring total cases to 5,765.
📍33 care homes now have confirmed/suspected outbreaks of Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/1zfoybFM5y
This figure is lower than figures released on Friday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)
They reported 826 COVID-19 related deaths here up to 26th June.
NISRA figures relate to information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals.
They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.
Whereas. Department of Health figures are based on mainly hospital patients having previously tested positive for the virus.
New figures from NISRA are expected to be released on Friday.
The data from the Department of Health dashboard also revealed 4 more people have tested positive for the virus here.
There have now been 5,765 positive lab tests for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.
The figures also show 15 care homes currently have confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19.
13 care homes have suspected outbreaks and 149 homes have closed outbreaks of the virus.
The figures also provide detail of capacity in Northern Ireland's hospitals.
It revealed that out of Northern Ireland's 100 intensive care unit beds, none are occupied by patients with COVID-19.
72 of the beds are taken up by non COVID-19 related patients, providing 28 spare ICU beds.