Covid-19: One coronavirus-related death and 87 new cases recorded

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One further coronavirus-related death has been recorded in Northern Ireland, bringing the Department of Health's death toll to 2,105.

An additional 87 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

There are 160 people in hospital with coronavirus, 15 are in intensive care and 12 are being ventilated.

In the Republic of Ireland, one additional death has been reported, which brings the country's death toll to 4,588.

There were a further 520 positive cases recorded.

Meanwhile, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said that vaccine should not be used as a "bargaining chip" or treated as a commodity.

"Let me be very clear on vaccines - they shouldn't be a commodity, they shouldn't be traded," Ms O'Neill said.

"They should be given to those who need them the most."

Ms O'Neill told the assembly on Monday that there should be a global effort to have people vaccinated.

"What happens in this part of the world in the pandemic has implications for what happens elsewhere and vice versa," she said.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said last week that if Covid-19 vaccine supplies in Europe do not improve, the bloc "will reflect whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate".

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it is vital that supply chains were kept open.

image captionDeputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill says there should be a global effort to have people vaccinated

Speaking on Irish broadcaster RTÉ, Mr Martin said: "Once you start putting up the barriers, other people start putting up barriers globally and it could lead to everybody losing. We'd all lose in that situation.

"I think this is a retrograde step."

EU leaders will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday to discuss their plans.

Officials confirmed Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday about the ongoing issue, which would affect exports of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made in Europe.

Downing Street said Ms von der Leyen had told Mr Johnson earlier this year that the EU was not intending to restrict exports of vaccines.

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