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

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

The death toll in Northern Ireland now stands at 2,052, according to DoH.

Saturday’s dashboard update also reports a further 184 positive cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 112,357 since the start of the pandemic.

Over the past seven days, the Department says 1,690 individuals have tested positive in Northern Ireland.

There are currently 307 Covid-19 confirmed patients in hospital and 36 in intensive care, of which 31 are on ventilators.

Health Minister Robin Swann says the ‘stay at home’ message is working in Northern Ireland, according to recent data on clusters and outbreaks of Covid-19.

Figures released on Friday show that during the four week period between January 18 and the February 14, there were 100 outbreaks identified and 258 clusters, many of which were associated with workplace and retail settings.

A smaller number were associated with other settings including fast food or take-away outlets.

Meanwhile, changes to the coronavirus restrictions imposed on care homes will soon come into force.

The Department of Health announced that from March 1, there will be a relaxation of some visiting restrictions imposed on care homes, which will allow one face to face visit per week by one person.

In hospices, if they are Covid-19 secure, one visitor will be allowed for one hour on a daily basis.

Changes have also been made to maternity services, with partners being able to accompany a pregnant woman to dating scan, anomaly scan, early pregnancy clinic, fetal medicine appointments and when the woman is in active labour.

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