By Q Radio News
Five people have died as a result of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health.
There have also been a further 1,120 positive cases of the virus recorded in the same period.
In total, 2,514,225 vaccines have been administered so far.
The latest update from the Department of Health comes after military medics were drafted into Northern Ireland to help the overwhelmed health service here.
On Twitter yesterday, the Health Minister, Robin Swann, said: “I gladly welcome the approval of my request for military assistance to ease the current pressures on our hospitals.”
“This is an important practical step to support our health and care staff at this extremely challenging time.”
“I know our staff will appreciate this support.”
The military has already provided significant support in the fight against Covid-19, including the creation of a huge emergency mortuary, storage, logistics advice for the setting up of mass vaccination centres and combat medical technicians (CMTs) supporting staff at three hospitals during the second surge from January to February 2021.