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Covid-19 cases in LOCAL district continue to drop

18 November 2020 - by aine@newryreporter.com

The number of local Covid inpatients and confirmed positive cases have continued to drop in November after peaking towards the end of October.

The last week of October saw the highest number of Covid inpatients in Southern Trust facilities since the pandemic began.

A total of 117 people were occupying hospital beds in Trust hospitals on both October 28 and November 1 - a figure almost double the peak of 63 inpatients on April 21.

However, the number of inpatients has continued to fall with 92 inpatients on November 9, and on November 17 (Monday), there were 79 inpatients occupying beds in Trust hospitals. So too have the number of confirmed positive cases.

According to the Northern Ireland Covid daily dashboard, there have been 201 confirmed new coronavirus cases in the district in the last seven days, compared to 246 the previous week and 355 the week previous to that. 

To date, 3,822 people in the council district area have tested positive for Covid-19.

A total of 54 people in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area have passed away from the virus.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Robin Swann said at the weekend that he is likely to be asking for further coronavirus restrictions before Christmas.

It follows his request for a full two-week extension of the circuit breaker introduced in October, which was vetoed by the DUP and replaced with revised restrictions that will see close contact services reopen on Friday and licensed premises a week later.

Northern Ireland’s chief scientific officer Professor Ian Young said it is ‘more likely than not’ that more coronavirus restrictions will be recommended to Stormont before Christmas.

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