THERE have been 9 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Northern Ireland in the last day.
Three deaths were in Belfast; two in Mid Ulster and the others were in Antrim & Newtownabbey; Causeway Coast & Glens; Lisburn & Castlereagh and Derry City & Strabane.
Of the 9 people who died 5 were aged 80 or over; three were between 60-79 and one person was aged between 40-59.
Eight of the days occurred in the last day and one of the deaths was earlier but is only now being reported in the statistics.
The number of covid-related deaths across Northern Ireland since the pandemic began is now 697, according to the Department of Health.
According to Department of Health figures there have been 48 covid-linked deaths in Mid & East Antrim.
There were 29 new coronavirus cases in Mid & East Antrim in the last day.
The total number of cases in the Mid & East Antrim district since the start of the pandemic is now 1,733.
There were 566 new covid cases in the last 24 hours across Northern Ireland.
The number of covid cases across Northern Ireland since the pandemic started is 37,782.
Statistics now show a weekly breakdown of new cases by postcode areas – for example the BT42 and BT43 areas which take in the Ballymena district had 81 and 34 respectively in the last week.
Health Minister Robin Swann has urged people across Northern Ireland to “dig in and get through winter together”.
The Minister said: “I know the people of Northern Ireland will join with me in expressing my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who have passed away.
“Unfortunately, the predictions that were made about the increase in cases and the consequences this will bring are coming true,” he said last week.