THE Department of Health has announced a further 456 positive cases for Coronavirus in the North of Ireland in the last 24 hours.
That’s a rise of 40 on the previous figures the department gave for Tuesday.
There has been a further 11 deaths (three outside the current reporting period), with the department’s total number of deaths, mostly in hospitals, now at 1,026.
None of these latest deaths were reported in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.
A total of 53,728 people have now tested positive in the North of Ireland for COVID-19 since the pandemic erupted here in March this year.
The Department says 413 people are in hospital with the deadly virus.
A total of 38 patients are in intensive care units with confirmed Coronavirus, 27 of whom are on ventilators.
Bed occupancy across all hospitals is now at 100 per cent.
In the Derry City and Strabane District Council area, a total of 7,046 people have tested positive for Coronavirus in the past eight months.
In the past 24 hours, a further 44 people in Derry and Strabane have returned a positive test, a rise of 3 on the previous day.
Over the last week, 312 people within the council boundary have contracted the virus.
The positive test rate in the council area is now at 4,676 per 100,000 of population, according to the new figures.
This is the highest of any of the 11 councils in the North of Ireland.
The Department of Health has now recorded 78 deaths in hospitals in the Derry City and Strabane District Council since the pandemic broke out here in March.
A total of 119 care homes are dealing with outbreaks of the virus at present with 339 closed outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes.
There are no further care homes suspected of having COVID-19, say the Department of Health.