Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Department of Health reports four further deaths – Belfast Live

Last Updated on December 2, 2020 by

The Department of Health has reported a further four deaths related to Covid-19 on Wednesday.

New dashboard figures show the death toll in Northern Ireland to now stand at 1,015.

And a daily rise in cases by 416 has also been recorded in these figures.

The number of individuals in Northern Ireland who have tested positive for the virus is 53,272.

In the last week, a total of 2,601 new cases of Covid-19 were detected.

And as of Wednesday morning, there are 37 coronavirus patients in ICU.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Robin Swann has hailed a “hugely significant day for Northern Ireland” with the announcement that the first Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for widespread use.

The approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been issued by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). A number of other vaccines are at various stages of development while another is currently being considered by MHRA.

It is planned to roll-out vaccination from this month, with the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) determining which population groups will receive the vaccine first. Completion of roll-out will take up much of 2021.

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