Derry COVID-19 pandemic passes milestone by dropping below 50 cases per 100,000 for first time in six months; rise of just four daily cases in entire district
The COVID-19 pandemic in Derry has passed a significant milestone as the rate drops below 50 cases per 100,000 for the first time in six months.
Between March 3 and March 9, there were 82 confirmed positive cases of the virus in the district giving a seven day rate per 100,000 of 49.1, down from 52.4 yesterday.
It is now at its lowest point since September 16 last year at the start of the second surge of the SARS-CoV-2 virus when the rate was 46.5.
Derry/Strabane is recording the fourth lowest coronavirus rate in the north. The lowest rates are in Fermanagh and Omagh (33.4), Causeway Coast and Glens (43) and Newry, Mourne and Down (43.8),
Rates are higher in Mid Ulster (80.7), Antrim and Newtownabbey (77.1), Belfast (76.5), Mid and East Antrim (70.7), Ards and North Down (68.4), Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (63.6) and Lisburn and Castlereagh (59.2).
The daily change in the cumulative number of patients with a positive test in Derry and Strabane between March 8 and March 9 was just four.
In total 11,272 people have now tested positive for the illness in Derry and Strabane.