COVID-19 drops in cityside and Waterside but trebles in Strabane which now has highest prevalence in the north

The prevalence of coronavirus has dropped in Derry but rocketed in Strabane which now has the highest rate of any post code in the north.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 7:58 pm

Between February 22 and February 28 there were 24 SARS-CoV-2 cases on the cityside (BT48) giving a rate per 100,000 of 39.4. This was much lower than the figure of 64.1 per 100,000 for the February 15 to February 21 period recorded last Monday.

In the BT47 postal area - the Waterside to Dungiven - there were 35 positive tests over the same weekly period giving a rate per 100,000 of 56.6, down on the figure of 76 this time last week.

The BT82 post code has the highest COVID-19 rate in the north.
The BT82 post code has the highest COVID-19 rate in the north.

But In Strabane (BT82) there were 63 cases giving a prevalence rate of 234.3 per 100,000. That's three times the rate of 78.1 recorded there last week.

There were more cases in BT82 than in BT48 and BT47 combined over the same one week period.

Neighbouring Castlederg, by contrast, has one of the lowest rates in the north.

In the Castlederg area (BT81) the case rate was 12.7 per 100,000 with just one case registered during the week. This was a massive drop from a rate of 126.7 cases per 100,000 last week.