BREAKING: 12 further COVID-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland and 391 new cases of the virus

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By Peter Moor

12 more people have died in Northern Ireland having contracted COVID-19 according to the Department of Health.

There has now been 974 COVID-19 related deaths in Northern Ireland according to the Department.

This number mainly covers hospital related deaths unlike the figures released by NISRA today which said 1,333 people had died in connection with COVID-19 - 100 of these happened from 14th to 20th November.

NISRA uses information based on death certificates whereas the Department of Health only records people who die after testing positive for the virus.

391 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

In the past seven days, the Department of Health has recorded 2,482 new cases of Coronavirus.

It brings the total number of infections here since the start of the pandemic to 51,509.

425 people with COVID-19 are in hospitals across Northern Ireland with 37 of these being in intensive care beds, 30 being on ventilators.

64 ICU beds are being occupied by other non-COVID-19 patients.

Therefore, there are now 17 ICU beds unoccupied across the region's hospitals.

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The Department of Health data also showed 142 care homes here now have confirmed outbreaks of the virus, with none having suspected outbreaks.

307 care homes now have closed outbreaks.

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