Covid NI: Eight further deaths and 1,831 positive cases reported

By Nadia Breen

Eight further coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The death toll from the Department of Health now stands at 2,438.

The fatalities are said to have occurred during the current reporting period.

A further 1,831 positive Covid cases have also been recorded in NI today.

This brings the total number of positive cases to 213,770 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health.

Over the past seven days, the Department said 10,204 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.

According to figures released on Thursday, there are currently 472 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 44 in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Stena Line has cancelled four sailings between Scotland and Northern Ireland after one of its crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

The positive test result has impacted on its Belfast route to and from Cairnryan.

In a statement, the company said its 7.30pm departure from Cairnryan and 11.30pm departure from Belfast were cancelled on Wednesday.

The same incident also led to the company calling off its 03.45 BST departure from Cairnryan and its 07:30 BST departure from Belfast on Thursday.

Stena Line has apologised to passengers for the inconvenience but said it had acted in accordance with its "comprehensive safety protocol procedures".

For the latest breaking news straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter here.


What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.