Six more people who tested positive for coronavirus in NI have died according to the Department of Health.
The latest figures show that all six deaths occurred in the latest 24 hour reporting period.
It brings the total number of Covid-19 daily dashboard recorded deaths to 1,032 as of 10am on Friday.
Of those who have sadly passed away, 646 were aged over 80, 334 were in the 60 to 79 age group, 48 were between 40 and 59, while two were 20-39 years old and one person was under the age of 19. An age is not known for one person included in the figures.
Belfast has suffered the most deaths, at 257, followed by Armagh, Craigavon and Banbridge (110) and Antrim and Newtownabbey (95) since DoH pandemic records began.
Most of the total 1,032 deaths took place in hospitals (733), while 258 people were lost in residential or care homes. Community deaths account for 26 and 15 were not recorded.
Deaths have fallen in the past seven days to 51, from 54 the previous week.
A total of 54,177 people have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic – 2,752 of whom were diagnosed in the last week and 449 in the latest 24 hours.
The figures also show that almost a quarter of all positive cases have been in Belfast (12,248) since testing began. Belfast has also had the most new positives in the past 7 days at 363, with its 20 to 39-year-old age group still accounting for the largest portion at 123.
Overall, more 20 to 39-year-olds have been tested for and found positive of the virus than any other age group – 180,467 tested negative and 19,307 positive.
Daily change in number of individuals with a positive test:
Belfast had the most positive tests between midnight on December 2 and midnight on December 3, with 65. It was closely followed by Newry, Mourne and Down on 51 and Derry City and Strabane with 49.
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The number of inpatients now being treated in our hospitals for coronavirus stands at 402 across 22 hospitals, the same as yesterday. The Belfast Trust is treating 122 patients, 102 are under the care of the Northern Trust, 50 the Southern Trust, 62 the Western Trust and 66 the South Eastern Trust.
Of the 402 Covid patients, 35 are in ICU – 24 of whom are ventilated.
Two of NI’s 10 ICUs have no rooms for any more patients – Causeway and the Ulster Hospital. Four hospitals are operating beyond their total bed capacity. They are Altnagelvin, Royal Victoria, South West Acute and the Ulster hospitals.
Despite this, figures show that all of the hospital beds available in NI (2,870) are currently full, with 2,872 patients admitted and a further 185 awaiting hospital admission.
The total number of coronavirus outbreaks in residential and care homes across NI has reached 459 since the pandemic began. Of those 345 have been closed.
Currently, there are 114 confirmed Covid and no suspected outbreaks. Of the current outbreaks, 63 include people who are asymptomatic, 46 in which they are symptomatic and five are currently unknown.
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