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First Covid deaths recorded in Derry's council areas for seven weeks

Case numbers have also risen despite a lower number of tests completed.

First deaths in Derry's council areas for seven weeks

Maghera (pictured), Magherafelt and Waterside all saw a slight reduction in case numbers.

County Derry's local government districts have recorded their first Covid-related deaths in seven weeks, the latest data has shown.

The NI Covid-19 dashboard indicated one death had occurred in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, with a further death in Derry and Strabane.

There were no deaths recorded in Mid Ulster, with the data also showing a reduction in case numbers for both the county's postal areas in this district.

Overall, case numbers in Derry increased by 6.2% to 751 cases, a much smaller increase than the previous seven days. The rise comes in spite of an 11.8% decrease in the number of tests completed, which this week was 6,826.

Maghera (-39.3%), Magherafelt (-10%) and Waterside (0.6%) were the only postal areas in the county to record a decrease in the number of cases identified in comparison to the previous week.

County Derry's rate per 100,000 of population (302.7) remains well above the overall figure for NI (208.7), and has now been in excess of that figure since March 22.

The rate in BT48 (527.4) is the second highest in Northern Ireland, while BT47 (311.9) currently ranks 8th. None of the county's other areas are in the top 10.

Magherafelt's BT45 area currently has the lowest rate per 100,000 of population (144.2) in County Derry, followed by neighbouring Maghera on 149.1.

The percentage of people testing positive for the virus has also risen to 11%, with BT48's figure of 17% the highest in the county. 

There has also been a marked increase in the number of Covid inpatients in the area's hospitals. 22 patients are currently being treated for the virus in Altnagelvin Area Hospital, an increase of 18 on the previous seven days.

Five patients are being treated in Antrim Area Hospital, bringing the total number to five, while there are no inpatients at Mid Ulster Hospital.

1,188,563 people have now received their first vaccine, representing 63% of the NI population, while 957,236 (51%) have now received both vaccines.

Meanwhile, Ulster GAA has announced that pop-up vaccination clinics will be operation at this weekend's Ulster senior football championship semi finals.

One clinic will operate at Páirc Esler, Newry on Saturday July 17 from 1.15 to 3.15pm, while another will be available at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Sunday July 18 between 12.00pm and 5.00pm. 

First doses of the Pfizer vaccination will be administered on a first come, first served basis, with ID and proof of address required.

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