30 Sept 2022

Another overall drop in new Covid cases in County Derry

The rates for two areas remain in the NI top ten though.

Another overall drop in new Covid cases in County Derry

The number of new Covid-19 cases identified in County Derry has fallen over the last week, after a slight increase the previous week.

828 people tested positive for the virus in the last seven days, a 4.7% decrease on the previous week's figure, with the number of tests carried out also falling by 5.8%.

However, a sharp rise in cases in both Limavady (BT49) and Portstewart (BT55) has resulted in both postal areas rising into the top ten rates per 100,000 people in Northern Ireland.

A rate of 714.9 was recorded in Limavady and 645.7 in Portstewart, while the lowest rate in the county was found in Derry City (BT48), with 151.2.

Despite a reduction in testing, the percentage of people testing positive for the virus remained the same at 9.5%, with the highest percentage (14.6%) was recorded in Limavady.

Four Covid-related deaths were recorded last week across the three local government districts in the county. All four were in Causeway Coast and Glens, with no deaths recorded in either Mid Ulster or Derry City and Strabane.

The number of patients receiving treatment for the virus in the area's hospitals has increased from 72 to 79, with the largest number of people (35) in Altnagelvin Area Hospital.

783 vaccinations were carried out across NI yesterday, meaning 70% of the total population (1,317,506) have now received at least one dose, with 65% (1,224,810) having received two doses.

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