Three more Covid19 related deaths and over 1,600 new cases

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Another three people have died after contracting COVID19 in Northern Ireland.

It brings the total number of fatalities recorded by the Department of Health to 2,209.

A further 1,641 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

This morning there were 226 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 39 were in intensive care.

A total of 2,292,163 vaccines have been administered.

It comes after Northern Ireland’s commissioner for older people urged the remaining unvaccinated care home staff to get the Covid-19 jab.

Eddie Lynch was speaking as it emerged that around a quarter of care home staff have not yet been vaccinated against the virus.

More than 90% of care home residents have had both doses of the jab.

According to Department of Health figures on Wednesday, there are currently active Covid-19 outbreaks at 103 care homes in Northern Ireland.

“Over a fifth of care homes now are in a Covid outbreak and that is concerning when you consider that only a few weeks ago we were in single figures,” he told the BBC.

“I think that reflects the higher community transmission that is happening across Northern Ireland at the minute.”

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