Covid cases rise to over 200 in NI, according to Department of Health

Positive covid-19 cases have risen in the past 24 hours

By Q Radio News

There have been no Covid-19 related deaths recorded in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours, according to figures from the Department of Health.

However, 229 new positive cases of the virus have been reported in the same period.

The total number of lives lost to Coronavirus here remains at 2,155.

It comes as Covid-19 vaccination centres here opened up to all adults yesterday.

In recent weeks the centres have been primarily focusing on the 18-39 age group, with those aged 40 and over being offered first dose appointments through community pharmacies.

From 9am yesterday, anyone aged 18 and over can book an appointment at a vaccination centre.

These centres are using the Pfizer vaccine for first doses.

The latest expansion of the vaccine programme has been made possible due to a scheduled increase in the supplies of the Pfizer jabs.

Northern Ireland’s vaccine stock will be further boosted next week when the Moderna jabs are used in the region for the first time.

People who already have appointments booked with a GP or community pharmacy are urged to keep them.

Community pharmacies will continue to offer vaccination slots for those aged 40 plus.

However, the pharmacies will no longer be offering vaccinations to under 40s.

 

 

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