Covid NI: Three further deaths and 1,469 positive cases reported
Three further coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland on Monday.
The death toll from the Department of Health now stands at 2,843.
The fatalities are said to have occurred during the current reporting period.
A further 1,469 positive Covid cases have also been recorded in NI today.
This brings the total number of positive cases to 306,051 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health.
Over the past seven days, the Department said 11,930 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.
According to figures released on Monday, there are currently 378 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 36 in intensive care.
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Meanwhile, a number of nurses in a major ICU unit have quit amid mounting pressure on Northern Ireland’s beleaguered health service, it emerged last night.
The Royal College of Nurses said on Sunday that five of the specialised staff had resigned from Belfast Trust over the course of the last two weeks and that more “are considering their position”.
The news comes amid continuing reports of relentless pressure on ICU staff where the region’s most ill patients, including people with Covid, are treated. The health service has also been suffering serious staff shortages since long before the pandemic began.
Rita Devlin, Director of the RCN in Northern Ireland, said the news was “unsurprising”.
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