By Peter Moor
2 new deaths linked to COVID-19 have been announced by the Department of Health.
Both of these deaths have occurred since yesterday.
The Department of Health data shows that 516 people have now died as a result of COVID-19.
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📍2 new deaths linked to COVID-19 in NI
📍Both of these have happened since yesterday
📍518 have now died from the virus here
📍16 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total cases to 4,679
📍103 care homes have confirmed/suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/GHdehjRd0I
This figure is lower than figures released last Friday the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)
They reported 689 COVID-19 related deaths here.
NISRA figures relate to information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals.
They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.
Whereas. Department of Health figures are based on mainly hospital patients having previously tested positive for the virus.
New data from NISRA is expected to be released tomorrow morning.
Today's Department of Health figures also show that a total of 4,679 people have tested positive for Coronavirus in the region.
16 of these are newly diagnosed cases.
The data from the Department of Health dashboard also revealed 69 care homes currently have confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19.
34 care homes have suspected outbreaks and 52 have closed outbreaks of the virus.
The figures also provide detail of capacity in Northern Ireland's hospitals.
It revealed that out of Northern Ireland's 105 intensive care unit beds, only 6 are occupied by patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Another 68 of the beds are taken up by non COVID-19 related patients, providing 31 spare ICU beds.