Derry’s COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 14%
The highest positivity occurred in the middle of Ulster (18.1%). The north’s positive proportion in week 38 – the week of September 26 – was 14.0%, down from 14.2% in week 37.
This is below the 27.1% peak in positivity reported in the north in week 53 (December 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021).
Case rates increased in week 38 compared to week 37 in Antrim and Newtownabbey, Ards and North Down, Causeway Coast and Glens and Mid and East Antrim.
The remaining areas – including Derry / Strabane – saw a decrease. Mid Ulster had the highest rate in week 38 compared to other local government districts (476.7 per 100,000 population).
This is a change from previous weeks when the highest case rates were seen in Fermanagh and Omagh. The overall rate fell from 401.3 to 378.6 per 100,000 inhabitants between weeks 37 and 38.
Case rates declined in week 38 compared to the previous week in all age groups except the 45-64 age group which saw an increase.
The highest case rates were observed in the 5-14 year age group (856.1 per 100,000). This is lower than the previous peak of 1242.9 per 100,000 in the 5-14 age group in week 36 (September 06 – 13, 2021). During week 38, positivity was highest in the 5-14 year age group (22.4%). The lowest positivity was observed in the 0-4 years age group (5.6%).