Thursday’s update: Two new Covid cases reported in Mid & East Antrim in last day

There have been 2 new Covid cases in Mid & East Antrim over the last day.

8 new cases were reported across Northern Ireland in the last 24 hours.

There have been 461 cases in Mid & East Antrim out of 11,215 people tested in the area since the pandemic started.

There have been 499 cases in Antrim & Newtownabbey and 343 in Causeway Coast & Glens.

The total number of cases in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began is 6,225.

The number of people who have died across Northern Ireland since the pandemic began, according to the Department of Health, is 557.

In Mid & East Antrim, since the pandemic started, the number of people who died is 43 according to Department of Health statistics.

The Health Department says there have been 60 deaths in Antrim and Newtownabbey and 39 in Causeway Coast and Glens.

The Department of Health continues to publish the Covid-19 reproduction number on a weekly basis.

The current estimate of R is 1.2 – 2.0

This means R is likely to be around 1.6 at present.

R represents the number of individuals who, on average, will be infected by a single person with the infection. R does not have a fixed value but varies with time, and is likely to be different every day.

When community transmission of the virus is very low, R will show a high degree of volatility and be heavily influenced by small local clusters. It will therefore no longer be the most informative or important number for the purpose of policy decisions. In these circumstances, the number of positive tests per day is likely to be a more important parameter.

The seven day rolling average for new cases has more than doubled in the last week, and there is also a further increase in test positivity. This is partly due to increased testing in the context of the Test, Trace, and Protect service. However community transmission has gone up and hospital admissions have also begun to rise, though remain at a low level.

 

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