Derry COVID-19 positivity reduces with one more death bringing total toll to 192

There were 192 COVID-19 related deaths in Derry and Strabane from the start of the pandemic to the end of last week, according to the latest figures published on Friday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

That amounts to 14 per cent of the 1363 deaths reported in Derry and Strabane between March 19, 2020, and March 26, 2021.

The Public Health Agency's latest weekly epidemiological bulletin for the week March 21-28 show Derry/Strabane no longer had the highest SARS-CoV-2 positivity.

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In week 12, Mid Ulster had the highest case rate (121.9 per 100,000 population; 6.6% positivity).

Derry saw a decrease compared to the previous week.

The case rates increased in Antrim and Newtownabbey, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Fermanagh and Omagh, Lisburn and Castlereagh and Mid Ulster in week 12 compared to week 11. All other areas, including Derry, saw a decrease compared to the previous week.

Since schools opened, the highest proportion of incidents (71%) have been reported in Belfast and Derry and Strabane.