Newry, Mourne and Down is Covid hotspot, new data reveals

A study has examined the highest week-on-week rises in Covid infection rates across local council authorities

NEWRY, Mourne & Down had the highest coronavirus infection rate in Northern Ireland in the week ending December 2, new figures has revealed.

The data relates to the number of new cases per 100,000 people and is based on those who have tested positive for Covid-19 in either a lab-reported or rapid lateral flow test, by specimen date.

Research carried out by the Press Assocation (PA) examined local authorities across Britain and the north.

They discovered that Newry, Mourne and and Down was one of five council areas with the biggest week-on-week rises in infection rates (822.4, up from 601.1).

Falkirk has the highest rate in Scotland (608.5, up from 574.9).

Meanwhile, the Department of Health confirmed one further Covid related death in the north yesterday.

The death toll since the pandemic began now stands at 2,902.

A further 1,635 cases of the virus were also reported.

There were 301 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 34 were in intensive care.

In total, 3,121,608 vaccines have been administered.

In the Republic, there were 2,950 further Covid-19 cases confirmed.

There are 536 patients with the virus in hospital, an increase of 33 from the previous day, with 110 in intensive care.

The Republic's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, said: "During these winter months it is vital that if any of us experience symptoms of Covid-19, we isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test.

"We all know the actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 - good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, meeting others outdoors where possible and, when indoors, opening windows and ensuring good ventilation, keeping our distance and, of course, coming forward for vaccination and booster dose when eligible."

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