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

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

The death toll in Northern Ireland now stands at 2,033, according to the DoH.

Sunday’s dashboard update also reports a further 263 positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 110,979 since the start of the pandemic.

Over the past seven days, the Department says 2,140 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.

There are currently 394 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 49 in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Dental Practice Committee chair has called on patients to be honest when booking appointments after some attended clinics while Covid positive.

Richard Graham says dentists are facing “tough” times as they navigate treatment in PPE and have seen a huge drop in appointments they can offer their patients.

He also warned of a ticking timebomb in relation to oral cancers as routine appointments have all but stopped.

The British Dental Association NI’s dental practice committee chair said: “Dentists are having to work with all the regulations that we have in place.

“If you need to go to the dental practice now, what you have to do is phone up and make an appointment.

“24 hours before the appointment they will phone up and ask you all the COVID questions – whether you have you been in contact with anybody, are you positive [or have] an unexplained cough – things like that.

“One worrying thing is we have found out that a number of patients have actually been lying in the answers and the practice has only found out later on that the patient is COVID positive and lied just so they could get their appointment.

“Please don’t do that.”

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