By Peter Moor
6 more people have died in Northern Ireland having contracted COVID-19 according to the Department of Health.
There has now been 1,032 COVID-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland according to the Department.
This number mainly covers hospital related deaths unlike the figures released by NISRA today which said 1,410 people had died in connection with COVID-19 - 68 of these happened from 21st - 27th November.
NISRA uses information based on death certificates whereas the Department of Health only records people who die after testing positive for the virus.
On Tuesday, the Department of Health recorded over 1,000 deaths for the first time - a figure the Health Minister Robin Swann called a 'sad milestone.'
BREAKING:— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 4, 2020
📍6 new deaths in NI @healthdpt
📍1,032 deaths in total
📍449 new COVID cases in NI
📍2,752 infections in past week
📍54,177 since start of pandemic
📍401 COVID inpatients
📍35 in ICU - 30 on ventilators
📍114 care homes with confirmed/suspected outbreaks pic.twitter.com/NbB0QSDCQk
449 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.
In the past seven days, the Department of Health has recorded 2,752 new cases of Coronavirus.
It brings the total number of infections here since the start of the pandemic to 54,177.
New cases by district— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 4, 2020
📍Antrim & N’abbey +34
📍Ards & N Down +22
📍Armagh, Banbridge & C’avon +37
📍Causeway Coast & Glens +30
📍Derry & Strabane +49
📍Fermanagh & Omagh +40
📍Lisburn & Castlereagh+29
📍Mid & E Antrim +41
📍Newry Mourne & Down+51 pic.twitter.com/nEhcE3amVs
401 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals across Northern Ireland with 35 of these being in intensive care beds, 24 being on ventilators.
62 ICU beds are being occupied by other non-COVID-19 patients.
Therefore, there are now 19 ICU beds unoccupied across the region's hospitals.
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The Department of Health data also showed 114 care homes here now have confirmed outbreaks of the virus, with none having suspected outbreaks.
345 care homes now have closed outbreaks.