702 further coronavirus cases and five more deaths recorded in Belfast

The number of coronavirus cases in Belfast increased by 702 over the weekend, official figures show – and five more deaths were recorded.

A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in Belfast increased by 702 over the weekend, official figures show – and five more deaths were recorded.

A total of 60,401 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 in Belfast when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on December 6 (Monday), up from 59,699 on Friday.

The rate of infection in Belfast now stands at 17,632 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the Northern Ireland average of 17,400.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 135,592 over the period, to 10,515,239.

There were also five more coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Belfast.

The dashboard shows 537 people had died in the area by December 6 (Monday) – up from 532 on Friday.

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

They were among 2,902 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 Belfast.

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

Figures reported on a Monday are likely to be lower as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the weekend.