Coronavirus: Five more deaths at Covid-19 hospital confirmed to NI

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Two more patients have died in the hematology ward at Craigavon ​​Hospital after four died in the same ward almost two weeks ago


Five other patients at two hospitals in Northern Ireland have died from Covid-19 outbreaks in wards.

The Southern Trust said two patients died in the hematology ward at Craigavon ​​Hospital, after four of them died in the same ward nearly two weeks ago.

He also said three patients at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry had died.

They were being treated in the men’s medical ward, where 11 patients had tested positive.

The trust also confirmed that 23 hematology staff at Craigavon ​​Hospital have tested positive for Covid-19.

45 other staff self-isolate after being identified as contacts.

At Daisy Hill, 21 staff from the men’s medical service have also tested positive while 67 other staff contacts are on leave and isolating themselves.

The trust said it had sought independent advice from the Public Health Agency and Public Health England.

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Fourteen patients from the Craigavon ​​hematology department were confirmed to have the virus in a cluster identified last month.

A fourth death was confirmed on September 7.

This prompted Health Minister Robin Swann to order the highest level of hospital investigation.

“The investigation will take the form of a Level Three Serious Adverse Incident, which I have asked the trust to open immediately,” Mr Swann told the Northern Ireland Assembly at the time.

The Southern Health Trust last week suspended visits to all of its hospitals and other facilities to protect patients and staff from the coronavirus.

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