Wednesday’s update: 9 covid-related deaths in Northern Ireland including a male aged under 20 in last day

THERE have been 9 coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland in the last day including one person aged under 20.

Four deaths were in Derry City & Strabane; two in Belfast and one in each of the following areas – Newry, Mourne & Down; Mid Ulster and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon

According to the latest figures from the Department of Health, the death of the young person happened in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

It is the first coronavirus-related death in the 0-19 age category in Northern Ireland.

There is no further information available from the department’s dashboard about the person who died.

His exact age or general state of health before contracting Covid-19 have not been made public.

Of the other 8 people who died 5 were aged between 60-79 and 3 were aged over 80.

There were 46 new coronavirus cases in Mid & East Antrim in the last day.

There were 840 new covid cases in the last 24 hours across Northern Ireland.

The total number of cases in the Mid & East Antrim district since the start of the pandemic is now 1,645.

The number of covid cases across Northern Ireland since the pandemic started is 36,394.

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.

The number of covid-related deaths across Northern Ireland since the pandemic began is now 680, according to the Department of Health.

According to Department of Health figures there have been 48 covid-linked deaths in Mid & East Antrim.

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.

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