Derry COVID-19 positivity drops to 15%

The Derry and Strabane COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen to approximately 15 per cent, according to the Public Health Agency's Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin published on Thursday.

Friday, 12th November 2021, 1:22 pm

The highest positivity occurred in Causeway Coast and Glens (21%). The north's proportion positive in week 44 - the week to November 7 - was 17.2%, a decrease from 18.9% in week 43. This is lower than the peak positivity of 27.1% reported across the north in week 53 (December 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021).

The case rates decreased in Antrim and Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Belfast and Lisburn and Castlereagh in week 44 compared to week 43.

All other Local Government Districts saw an increase. Fermanagh and Omagh had the highest rate in week 44 compared to other Local Government Districts (536.1 per 100,000 population). The overall rate for the north decreased from 414.9 to 411.0 per100,000 population between weeks 43 and 44.

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A chart tracking the positivity rate in Derry/Strabane.

The case rates decreased in week 44 compared to the previous week in the 5-14, 45-64 and 75-84 age groups.

The remaining age groups saw an increase. The highest case rates were seen in the 5-14 age group (677.5 per 100,000). This is lower than the peak of 1242.9 per 100,000 in the 5- 14 age group in week 36 (September 6-13, 2021). In week 44, positivity was highest in the 5-14 age group (28.9%). The lowest positivity was observed in the 85+ age group (6.6%).