Derry/Strabane COVID-19 positivity rate falls to roughly 5 per cent and is no longer highest in the north

The COVID-19 positivity rate in Derry and Strabane fell last week and the district no longer has the highest positive test percentage in the north, according to the Public Health Agency's Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin published yesterday.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 5:14 pm

The rate in Derry Strabane fell to roughly 5 per cent in the week to last Sunday.

This was a decrease from 8.7 per cent the week before when Derry/Strabane had the highest positivity rate in the north.

The bulletin, which was published the afternoon, states: "The case rates increased in Antrim and Newtownabbey, Belfast, Fermanagh and Omagh and Mid Ulster in week 16 compared to week 15.

A chart showing the positivity rate in Derry/Strabane.

"Case rates remained the same in Belfast and decreased in all other areas. Mid Ulster had the highest rate in week 16 compared to other Local Government Districts (72.7 per 100,000 population). The overall Northern Ireland rate decreased from 39.2 to 35.3 per 100,000 population between weeks 15 and 16.

"The highest positivity occurred in Mid Ulster (6.5%). Northern Ireland’s proportion positive in week 16 was 2.9%, a decrease from 3.5% in week 15. This is lower than the peak positivity of 26.4% reported across Northern Ireland in week 53 (December 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021)."