THE Department of Health in the North has announced today that a further 51 people have tested positive with Coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
Two of those positive cases are reported in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area which brings its total number of cases to 244, with 29 deaths from the deadly virus within the council boundary.
This now brings the total number of confirmed positive cases in the North of Ireland to 6,556.
Most of the 51 confirmed Coronavirus cases recorded in the past 24 hours have been aged between 20-39.
Twenty-five of the 51 cases recorded were in that age range.
The fewest cases recorded in the department’s latest update were between the ages 0 -19 and 60-79.
No new deaths were recorded by the department in the past 24 hours, with the death toll remaining at 559.
The department’s daily figures are mostly comprised of hospital deaths, where a patient had previously tested positive for the virus.
No patients with COVID-19 are currently being treated in intensive care in a hospital here, according to the department’s latest update.
This afternoon, the Stormont Executive meets to discuss whether to impose fresh lockdowns at the request of the Health Minister Robin Swann over his concerns at the rise in positive cases.
The majority of the 51 new cases of Coronavirus confirmed within the last 24 hours were recorded in the Mid and East Antrim and Belfast council areas – both with 12.
The remainder of cases confirmed in the Department of Health’s latest update occurred in Antrim and Newtownabbey (7), Lisburn and Castlereagh (5), Newry Mourne and Down (5), Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon (4), Causeway Coast and Glens (3), Derry and Strabane (2) and Mid-Ulster (1)
The biggest increase in cases over a seven-day-period has occurred in Mid and East Antrim with 79 new cases.
According to the Department of Health’s latest update, there are active COVID-19 outbreaks in eight care homes in the North of Ireland.
That is an increase of seven from yesterday.
An active outbreak is declared in a care home when a resident or staff member has a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19.
A suspected outbreak is recorded when a resident or a member of staff reports Covid-19 having symptoms, such as a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, but has not yet received their test result.