THE Department of Health has confirmed that a 259 people have tested positive in the last 24 hours in the North of Ireland from Coronavirus.
That is a drop of 165 on Tuesday’s statistics issued by the Department yesterday on its dashboard.
Derry and Strabane Council has had an infection rate of 323 per 100,000 in the last seven days.
There has been two further deaths and the Department’s total, which is mostly in hospitals, is now at 591 – over 300 less tham those recorded by Nisra.
Over the last seven days a total of 1,979 people in the North of Ireland have test positive for COVID-19 – a rise of 248. That is an average of just 282 per day.
In the last seven days, 486 people in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area have tested positive for Coronavirus – the highest of any council area in the North of Ireland.
In the last 24 hours, 52 people have tested positive within the council’s boundary, the second highest after Belfast.
That puts the council’s total for positive cases from COVID-19 at 1,052 since the pandemic erupted here in March.
The council’s death toll since March remains at 29.
According to the latest statistics, a total of 11,952 people have now tested positive in the North of Ireland to the deadly virus.
A total of 70 people are currently in hospitals here with a positive COVID-19 test, with nine people on ventilators in intensive care.
There are currently 28 active Coronavirus cases in care homes here with 207 closed COVID-19 care home outbreaks.