No new COVID-19 related deaths since Friday and 9 new cases

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By Peter Moor

No new deaths related to COVID-19 have been announced here by the Department of Health.

The death toll linked to the virus therefore remains at 554.

These latest figures from the dashboard are the first to be released since Friday, after the Department stopped releasing data over the weekend.

This figure is lower than figures released on Friday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)

They reported 826 COVID-19 related deaths here up to 26th June.

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.

The data from the Department of Health dashboard also reveal 9 more people have tested positive for the virus here, since the dashboard was last updated on Friday.

There have now been 5,756 positive lab tests for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.

The figures also show 20 care homes currently have confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19.

10 care homes have suspected outbreaks and 144 homes 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 98 intensive care unit beds, none are occupied by patients with COVID-19.

63 of the beds are taken up by non COVID-19 related patients, providing 35 spare ICU beds.

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