North: 424 new cases of coronavirus in highest rate since start of pandemic

One more person has died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland

The North has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in one day since the start of the pandemic. File photograph: NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters

The North has reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in one day since the start of the pandemic. File photograph: NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters

 

The North’s Department of Health has reported 424 new cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland – the highest rate recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic.

In its daily bulletin issued on Wednesday afternoon it also reported one more death related to Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths in Northern Ireland to 579.

The North now has recorded 11,693 cases of coronavirus with 1,950 of those cases reported in the past seven days.

In the past week the highest number of cases – 487 – were recorded in the Derry and Strabane council area.

On Tuesday the North’s chief scientific officer Prof Ian Young warned that if the current trend continued Northern Ireland would be experiencing 1,000 cases of coronavirus a day within a month.

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