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13 more Covid deaths in the North

There have been a further 13 deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, Health Minister Robin Swann has announced.

It brings the total number of deaths recorded by the Public Health Agency to 207.

Speaking today (Monday) at the Executive’s daily press briefing, Health minister Robin Swann says the most recent modelling advice indicates that under the reasonable worst case scenario, Northern Ireland would record in the region of 1,500 deaths in the first 20 weeks of the epidemic.

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This figure was described as a ‘significant revision’ of the previous forecast of 3,000 deaths in 20 weeks.

The predicted number includes hospital deaths and deaths in the community.

However Mr Swann stressed it was not a prediction or a forecast, merely a “clear indication” that social distancing is working.

Over the weekend, the Department of Health launched a new online dashboard which offers more detail on coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

As of Sunday 19 April, there had been 612 hospital admissions and 2,307 discharged patients and a total of 38 people have now died from coronavirus in the three local government districts which cover the county of Tyrone.

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