Derry COVID-19 rate jumps to third highest in the north overtaking Belfast after district posted highest daily rise in the six counties

The Derry/Strabane COVID-19 rate has jumped to 64.4 cases per 100,000 and is now the third highest in the north.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 6:20 pm

Between March 12 and March 18, there were 97 confirmed positive cases of the virus in the district giving a seven day rate per 100,000 of 64.4, up from 53.1 on Thursday.

Derry/Strabane is recording the third highest coronavirus rate in the north.

Fermanagh and Omagh (36.8), Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (44), Lisburn and Castlereagh (44.1), Newry, Mourne and Down (48.3), Antrim and Newtownabbey (51), Causeway Coast and Glens (54.1), Ards and North Down (57.2,) and Belfast (63) all have lower rates.

The COVID-19 rate has jumped in Derry/Strabane.

Rates are higher in only Mid Ulster (80) and Mid and East Antrim (67.8).

The daily change in the cumulative number of patients with a positive test in Derry and Strabane between March 17 and March 18 was 22 - the largest increase in any district in the north.

In total 11,390 people have now tested positive for the illness in Derry and Strabane.