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235 further coronavirus cases and two more deaths recorded in Newry, Mourne and Down

The number of coronavirus cases in Newry, Mourne and Down increased by 235 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 Newry, Mourne and Down increased by 235 in the last five days, official figures show – and two more deaths were recorded.

A total of 67,391 cases had been confirmed in Newry, Mourne and Down when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on April 19 (Tuesday), up from 67,156 on Thursday, the last working day before the Easter bank holiday.

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The cumulative rate of infection in Newry, Mourne and Down, which covers the whole pandemic, stands at 37,096 cases per 100,000 people, higher 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 Newry, Mourne and Down.

The dashboard shows 262 people had died in the area by April 19 (Tuesday) – up from 260 on Thursday.

It means there have been three deaths in the past week, which is an increase on two 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 Newry, Mourne and 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.