Another 16 people die in NI after contracting Covid19

By Q Radio News

Another 16 people have died in Northern Ireland after contracting Covid-19.

It brings the death toll here to 1,533 -  according to the Department of Health. 

A further 973 coronavirus cases have also been confirmed since yesterday.

A total of 850 people are inpatients in hospital.

It comes after Northern Ireland's health minister said the effects of the coronavirus vaccination will be apparent from the spring. 

More than 100,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 91,419 people having received their first dose by Tuesday evening.

Robin Swann said the roll-out is making “good and steady progress”.

Appearing at the Stormont health committee, Mr Swann described the vaccination programme as a “huge logistical challenge”.

Care home residents and staff were the first priority group.


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