One further Covid-19 related death recorded in Northern Ireland

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One more person has died after contracting coronavirus in Northern Ireland. 

It brings the Department of Health's death toll to 2,130. 

97 people have also tested positive for the virus in the past day - out of 2,032 individuals tested.

70 people are being treated for covid in local hospitals here.

8 patients are being treated intensive care, 5 of whom are on ventilators.

Meanwhile,

Health Minister Robin Swann has said Northern Ireland's vaccination programme is still ahead of schedule. 

He made the comments today on a visit to the South Lake Leisure Centre to meet those involved in helping to deliver the vaccination programme within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Speaking at the vaccination centre in Craigavon, the Health Minister said: “As we slowly and cautiously start to lift the restrictions that have become part of our lives there is no doubt there is much to be optimistic about.  The success of our vaccination programme is down to the professionalism and dedication of all those across our HSC system, many of whom will have seen first hand the devastation that Covid-19 has brought to families across Northern Ireland.

“The vaccination programme continues at pace and I again would urge anyone who is over 40 and who still hasn’t booked a slot to please do so, this vaccine protects us and those close to you. I am looking forward to getting my second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine knowing the full protection that this will bring."

The Minister added: “It has been a privilege to visit the Trust vaccination centres and to see the work being done by the vaccination teams. It is testament to them that we have now administered over 1 million vaccines and over 838,000 people in Northern Ireland have now received a Covid-19 vaccine.”

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