By Peter Moor
4 more people have died in Northern Ireland having contracted COVID-19 according to the Department of Health.
There has now been 1,015 COVID-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland according to the Department.
This number mainly covers hospital related deaths unlike the figures released by NISRA on Friday which said 1,333 people had died in connection with COVID-19 - 100 of these happened from 14th to 20th November.
NISRA uses information based on death certificates whereas the Department of Health only records people who die after testing positive for the virus.
Yesterday, 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 2, 2020
📍4 new deaths in NI @healthdpt
📍1,015 deaths in total
📍416 new COVID cases in NI
📍2,601 infections in past week
📍53,272 since start of pandemic
📍435 COVID inpatients
📍37 in ICU - 29 on ventilators
📍128 care homes with confirmed/suspected outbreaks pic.twitter.com/3WEqTi2qZl
416 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 2,601 new cases of Coronavirus.
It brings the total number of infections here since the start of the pandemic to 53,272.
New cases by district— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 2, 2020
📍Antrim & N’abbey +23
📍Ards & N Down +12
📍Armagh, Banbridge & C’avon +42
📍Causeway Coast & Glens +39
📍Derry & Strabane +41
📍Fermanagh & Omagh +14
📍Lisburn & Castlereagh+31
📍Mid & E Antrim +52
📍Newry Mourne & Down+39 pic.twitter.com/Y8Y3mf3S3V
435 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals across Northern Ireland with 37 of these being in intensive care beds, 29 being on ventilators.
65 ICU beds are being occupied by other non-COVID-19 patients.
Therefore, there are now 16 ICU beds unoccupied across the region's hospitals.
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The Department of Health data also showed 128 care homes here now have confirmed outbreaks of the virus, with none having suspected outbreaks.
328 care homes now have closed outbreaks.