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3.15pm GMT

Northern Ireland has recorded 296 further coronavirus cases, and 12 further deaths.

A week ago today the equivalent figures were 314 and 11.

The Department of Health #COVID19 dashboard has been updated.

296 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sadly, a further 12 deaths have been reported (3 outside the reporting period).

3.11pm GMT

A total of 10,991,365 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and February 7, according to provisional NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 229,826 on the previous day’s figures.

As PA Media reports, of this number, 10,519,729 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 229,514 on the previous day, while 471,636 were a second dose, an increase of 312.

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