North reports 16 deaths and 973 Covid-19 cases as ‘pathways of transmission’ broken

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Stormont first minister Arlene Foster said the region had been 'able to break the pathways of transmission'. Photo: PA Images.
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By Press Association

A further 16 people have died with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

973 people have tested positive for the disease, the region’s department of health said on Thursday.

There are currently 850 people being treated in hospital for the virus, while 58 patients are in intensive care.

Stormont first minister Arlene Foster said the reproductive rate of the virus had declined to between 0.7 and 0.9 in Northern Ireland.

“We have been able to break the pathways of transmission,” she said.

However, Ms Foster added the number of hospital admissions was due to peak later this week or early next week.

Intensive care unit admissions will continue rising for another week or so.

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More than 102,000 people have been vaccinated against the disease in the region, and three quarters of care homes have had second doses administered.

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The DUP leader added: “We are all now partners in protecting people and preventing a greater loss of life.

“I find it unbelievable that people are still holding house parties when the rest of us are fighting hard to give the rest of us a chance to live.”

The location of passengers who arrive from the Republic is to be raised with the Taoiseach, Mrs Foster said.

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