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No further Covid-related deaths but hospital admissions increase in 24 hours

There have been no further Covid-related deaths reported by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland today (Tuesday).

According to the official dashboard there were a further 417 – down three – positive cases reported in the last 24 hours with 24 in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon. There were 58 in Newry, Mourne and Down while Mid-Ulster District recorded 39.

A total of 3,277 individuals were tested.

There are 37 – up five on Monday – people in hospitals across Northern Ireland as a result of the virus, five of whom are in an intensive care unit – an increase of one in 24 hours.

There are eight Covid patients – up one – in the Southern Trust area, seven of whom are in Craigavon Area Hospital, the other in St Luke’s, Armagh.

There are currently 13 ICU beds available in Northern Ireland.

The overall total number of deaths recorded by the Department remains at 2,156.

The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area accounts for 285 deaths overall. Newry, Mourne and Down District accounts for 169 deaths while Mid-Ulster has registered 206 deaths.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has heralded something of a transformation in Northern Ireland’s attitude to saving money, new research has suggested.

Ulster Bank surveyed 1,000 people across Northern Ireland about their attitudes to budgeting and saving. (Survey carried out by Cognisense.)

The survey found that 63% of people in Northern Ireland see saving money as more important now than they did before the pandemic began.

And this was particularly true of 18–24-year-olds and 25–34-year-olds, with 79% and 78% respectively seeing it as more important now than before Covid-19.

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