The Department of Health has reported a further six coronavirus related deaths.

According to the latest update, all of the fatalities occurred within the current reporting period.

The death toll in Northern Ireland now stands at 2,015, according to the DoH.

Wednesday’s dashboard update also reports a further 297 positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 109,785 since the start of the pandemic.

Over the past seven days, the Department says 2,047 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.

There are currently 434 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 53 in intensive care.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Northern Ireland is continuing to build momentum with more than 438,000 administered so far.

The Department of Health has said that 94 per cent of over 80-year-olds have now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 88 per cent of those aged 75 to 79.

Patricia Donnelly, head of NI’s vaccination programme, has said that the rollout is a “marathon and not a sprint” and has urged as many people as possible to make an appointment at a regional vaccine centre.

She said: “Vaccination on this scale is unprecedented and was always going to be a marathon not a sprint.

“We need people to keep coming forward to get their jabs. If you are eligible to make an appointment at one of our regional vaccination centres, please book as soon as you can. Don’t delay on getting yourself protected.

“When we start our programme of second dose vaccinations, appointments for first doses will not be just as easy to obtain. If you are eligible, the best time to get booking is now.”

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