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368 further coronavirus cases and two more deaths recorded in Ards and North Down

The number of coronavirus cases in Ards and North Down increased by 368 in the last five days, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

File photo dated 21/12/2021 of a nurse puts on PPE in a ward for Covid patients at King's College Hospital, in south east London. The Government has been told to "get a grip" of personal protective equipment (PPE) stocks and contracts, as it was disclosed more than half of suppliers who provided items through the VIP fast-track lane provided stock that was not suitable for use on the front line. Issue date: Wednesday March 30, 2022.
File photo dated 21/12/2021 of a nurse puts on PPE in a ward for Covid patients at King's College Hospital, in south east London. The Government has been told to "get a grip" of personal protective equipment (PPE) stocks and contracts, as it was disclosed more than half of suppliers who provided items through the VIP fast-track lane provided stock that was not suitable for use on the front line. Issue date: Wednesday March 30, 2022.

The number of coronavirus cases in Ards and North Down increased by 368 in the last five days, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A total of 54,115 cases had been confirmed in Ards and North Down when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on April 19 (Tuesday), up from 53,747 on Thursday, the last working day before the Easter bank holiday.

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The cumulative rate of infection in Ards and North Down, which covers the whole pandemic, stands at 33,393 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the Northern Ireland average of 37,059.

In England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, if one person tests positive for the virus more than 90 days after the first infection, two infection episodes will be recorded, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

There were also two more coronavirus deaths recorded in the latest five-day period in Ards and North Down.

The dashboard shows 215 people had died in the area by April 19 (Tuesday) – up from 213 on Thursday.

It means there have been two deaths in the past week, which is an increase on one the previous week.

They were among 3,391 deaths recorded across Northern Ireland.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Ards and North Down.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death.

Figures reported today are likely to lower as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the bank holiday.