By Peter Moor
2 new deaths linked to COVID-19 has been announced here by the Department of Health.
The death toll related to the virus therefore stands at 554.
BREAKING:— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) July 3, 2020
📍2 new COVID-19 related death in NI @healthdpt
📍554 deaths related to the virus here
📍This is lower than 826 deaths linked to COVID-19 from @NISRA who use info from death certificates
📍@healthdpt only records deaths of people who have tested positive for the virus pic.twitter.com/Rxd6MQpUij
This figure is lower than figures released today 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.
The data from the Department of Health dashboard also revealed just 4 new cases of the virus here.
It brings the total number of cases in Northern Ireland to 5,747.
There are also 20 care homes currently with confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19.
12 care homes have suspected outbreaks and 143 have closed outbreaks of the virus.
📍4 new cases of COVID bringing total cases to 5,747— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) July 3, 2020
📍32 care homes have confirmed/suspected outbreaks of COVID
📍143 care homes now have closed outbreaks pic.twitter.com/vRKHaXP2gL
The figures also provide detail of capacity in Northern Ireland's hospitals.
It revealed that out of Northern Ireland's 102 intensive care unit beds, none are occupied by patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, with
Another 74 of the beds are taken up by non COVID-19 related patients, providing 28 spare ICU beds.