By Peter Moor
No new deaths related to COVID-19 has been announced here by the Department of Health.
The death toll linked to the virus therefore remains at 556.
These latest figures from the dashboard are the first to be released since Friday, after the Department stopped releasing data over the weekend.
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📍No new deaths related to COVID-19 in NI announced
📍Death toll remains at 556.
📍23 new cases of the virus since Friday - brings total cases to 5857
📍23 care homes now have confirmed/suspected outbreaks of Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/mKD7M841Ej
This figure is lower than figures released on Friday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)
They reported 844 COVID-19 related deaths here up to 10th July.
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 revealed 23 more people have tested positive for the virus here, since Friday.
There have now been 5,857 positive lab tests for COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.
The figures also show 9 care homes currently have confirmed outbreaks of COVID-19.
14 care homes have suspected outbreaks and 156 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 95 intensive care unit beds, one is occupied by a patient with COVID-19.
67 of the beds are taken up by non COVID-19 related patients, providing 27 spare ICU beds.