By Peter Moor.
7 new deaths from COVID-19 have been announced in Northern Ireland, according to new data from the Department of Health.
4 of these deaths have occurred since yesterday.
489 people have now died in Northern Ireland from the virus.
A total of 4,421 people have tested positive for Coronavirus in the region, after a further 20 new cases were confirmed.
The data from the Department of Health dashboard also revealed 71 care homes currently have confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19.
34 care homes have suspected outbreaks and 33 have closed outbreaks of the virus.
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📍7 new deaths from COVID-19 in NI
📍4 of these have happened since yesterday
📍489 have now died from the virus here
📍20 new cases of COVID-19 bringing total cases to 4,421
📍105 care homes have confirmed/suspected outbreaks of COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/lEv3NEphhx
The figures also provide detail of capacity in Northern Ireland's hospitals.
It revealed that out of Northern Ireland's 102 intensive care unit beds, 16 are occupied by patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Another 51 of the beds are taken up by non COVID-19 related patients, providing 35 spare ICU beds.