Covid NI: Seven further deaths and 1,590 positive cases reported

By Nadia Breen

Seven further coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

The death toll from the Department of Health now stands at 2,468.

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

A further 1,590 positive Covid cases have also been recorded in NI today.

This brings the total number of positive cases to 220,701 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health.

Over the past seven days, the Department said 9,991 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.

According to figures released on Tuesday, there are currently 441 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 41 in intensive care.

Meanwhile, young people aged 12 to 15 in Northern Ireland will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the Department of Health has announced.

The move was unanimously recommended by all four UK Chief Medical Officers - despite the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) opposing vaccination for this age group.

In a statement on Tuesday, September 14, Health Minister Robin Swann said he had “carefully considered” the advice provided by the four UK Chief Medical Officers, and had accepted their recommendation to expand the programme to all those aged 12 to 15.

He said: “This move will help protect young people from catching Covid-19 and is expected to prevent disruption in schools by reducing transmission.”

The JCVI said Covid-19 presents a very low risk for healthy children and vaccination would only offer a marginal benefit.

But they suggested that the wider issues, such as education, should be taken into consideration and examined by CMOs.

In their advice to the Government, the UK’s CMOs said they were recommending vaccines on “public health grounds” and it was “likely vaccination will help reduce transmission of Covid-19 in schools”.

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