The Department of Health has reported 8,907 positive situations of coronavirus in the past week.
That’s an increase of 138 new situations compared to the figures last week, which stood at 8,769 new situations in the week of October 11 – 18.
And eleven postcode areas in Northern Ireland have recorded more than 200 new situations of the virus this week.
The worst hit postcode areas are:
- BT23 – Newtownards – 288 situations
- BT36 – Newtownabbey – 277 situations
- BT34 – Warrenpoint, Rathfriland and Kilkeel – 241 situations
- BT78 – Omagh – 237 situations
- BT38 – Carrickfergus – 230 situations
- BT28 – Ballinderry/Stonyford – 220 situations
- BT41 – Randalstown/Antrim – 216 situations
- BT30 – Downpatrick – 215 situations
- BT8 – Carryduff – 215 situations
- BT5 – Braniel/Knock/Gortgrib/Slatady – 214 situations
- BT66 – Lurgan/Warringstown/Derrytrasna – 211 situations
You can view the complete postcode breakdown by clicking here.
Meanwhile, Robin Swann has warned that NI’s health service needs additional funding so it does not have to continually call for military assistance during times of crisis.
The Health Minister was speaking as he met Army medics who have completed their latest deployment to help relieve pressure on staff at the Ulster Hospital.
He said the Army should not be seen as a “long-lasting fixture” in Northern Ireland’s hospitals.
It is the third time troops have come to the vicinity during the Covid crisis following requests from the Department of Health under an arrangement known as Maca (Military Aid to Civilian Authorities).
On this event, 80 medics and 30 sustain staff were deployed. Twenty medics were sent to the Ulster Hospital, with the rest deployed at the City and Antrim Area Hospitals.
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