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Ulster cases highest rate since January.

Byline: IAN JONES and MAURICE FITZMAURICE

NORTHERN Ireland and Wales are recording their highest rates of new cases of Covid-19 since January, figures show.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has the highest rate of any local authority in the UK, with a total of 1,003.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to August 18.

This is the first time any local authority in Northern Ireland has recorded rates over 1,000 since comparable records began in last summer when mass testing was started.

The figures show how the third wave of coronavirus, which began in the UK at the end of May of this year, is once again on the rise after a period last month when it appeared cases may have peaked.

Yesterday, NI figures showed there had been 1,320 positive cases and nine deaths in the latest 24 hours period.

It was also reported that 12,194 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were delivered in Northern Ireland during the Big Jab Weekend.

Meanwhile the average number of UK deaths reported each day of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 currently stands at 98.

This compares with a peak of 1,248 on January 23.

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Author:IAN JONES and MAURICE FITZMAURICE
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Aug 24, 2021
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