Derry COVID-19 positivity (6.7%) is highest in the north

Derry and Strabane continues to post the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the north, according to the Public Health Agency's Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin published this afternoon.

By Kevin Mullan
Thursday, 13th May 2021, 3:25 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 3:26 pm

The highest test positivity occurred in Derry and Strabane (6.3%). The north's proportion positive in week 18 - the week to Sunday, May 9 - was 2.6%, a slight decrease from 2.8% in week 17.

This is lower than the peak positivity of 26.4% reported across the north in week 53 (December 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021).

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A chart tracking the positivity rate in Derry/Strabane.

The PHA states: "The case rates decreased in Belfast, Derry and Strabane, Fermanagh and Omagh, Mid and East Antrim and Mid Ulster in week 18 compared to week 17.

"Case rates increased in all other areas. Derry and Strabane had the highest rate in week 18 compared to other Local Government Districts (82.6 per 100,000 population). The overall Northern Ireland rate decreased from 32.7 to 30.8 per 100,000 population between weeks 17 and 18."

The bulletin also shows that since schools reopened last year the highest proportion of incidents have been reported in Belfast and Derry and Strabane (both 73%).