Northern Ireland

Coronavirus: NI reports 65 new Covid-19 cases as weekend updates return

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The Department of Health has said a further 65 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The figure covers tests carried out in a 24-hour period up to 10:00 BST on Friday.

The department stopped issuing updates on its online dashboard over the weekend earlier in the summer.

These updates resumed from Saturday, but only for information on the number of tests carried out and the proportion which came back positive.

Meanwhile, in the Republic of Ireland, the country's Department of Health reported 200 additional cases, which is the largest number of cases in a single day since the beginning of May.

Figures for Northern Ireland

No information was released on Saturday regarding any further deaths in NI, instead this data will be published on Monday.

There have now been a total of 6,364 people who have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

The latest data released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) said the disease had featured on a total of 859 people's death certificates in Northern Ireland by 7 August.

The Department of Health's death toll by the same date (7 August) was 556 - more than 300 fewer.

The department's statistics are calculated differently from Nisra and are based on a patient having previously tested positive for the virus.

However, the department's toll has now risen to 558 after it recorded a death on 8 August and a further death of the patient aged under 40 on Thursday 13 August.

On Thursday, the Department for Health reported that the R number, which represents the number of individuals who, on average, will be infected by a single person with coronavirus, was estimated to be between 1.2 and 2.0.

'Deeply concerning'

In the Republic of Ireland, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said there were now "multiple clusters with secondary spread of disease and rising numbers of cases in many parts of the country".

"This is deeply concerning," he said, adding the organisation responsible for overseeing the coronavirus response in the country would be monitoring the situation "extremely closely over the coming days".

In the Republic of Ireland, the total number of cases in now 27,191.

In its most recent reporting period, it recorded zero deaths. There have been 1,774 Covid-19 related deaths in the country.

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