A POSTCODE that covers areas in North and West Belfast is the second highest worst affected post code for new Covid-19 cases per population across the North.
BT13 includes Clonard in West Belfast and the Shankill Road, Woodvale, Ballygomartin, Springmartin, Glencairn and Highfield areas of North Belfast.
The latest statistics on the Department of Health’s dashboard shows the number of positive cases in each postcode as well the number of people tested and the incidence rate per 100,000 population over the last seven days.
BT13 recorded 127 positive cases for the virus between November 9-15 and a huge rate per 100,000 population of 524.8. Only BT52 in Coleraine recorded a higher rate – 682.1 according to the latest figures.
The BT52 area includes over half of Coleraine as well as Ballyrashane, Cloyfin, Blagh, Damhead and Fish Loughan and almost meets the North Coast, where Portrush is also experiencing a spike in new cases.
The third worst affected area is in Co Fermanagh (BT92), with 511.9 cases per 100,000 population. Linaskea and Kinawley are both in the postcode district. It is followed by the Portrush area – BT56 – where the infection rate has reached 498.5 per 100,000.
BT3 (Belfast Harbour Estate) has the fifth worst infection rate currently, at 470.6 per 100,000 population.
Meanwhile, the spread of Covid-19 elsewhere in West Belfast continues to fall, according to the latest figures. Although BT13 is the second highest worst affected post code for new Covid-19 cases per population across the North, there has been a sharp decline elsewhere in West Belfast from the latest statistics on the Department of Health’s dashboard for November 9-15.
Four weeks ago we reported that BT11, BT12 and BT17 were among the top ten worst affected postcodes in the north. This week, however, BT12, which covers Upper Springfield, Falls, Sandy Row and The Village recorded 57 individuals testing positive with the virus with an incidence rate of 195.9 per 100,00. Four weeks ago that rate was 673.8 per 100K.
BT11, which covers Andersonstown, Lenadoon, Suffolk, Ladybrook and Turf Lodge recorded 48 positive cases and a rate of 175.0 per 100,000 population. Back in October that number was 787.5.
BT17, which includes Dunmurry, Hannahstown, Twinbrook, Poleglass and Lagmore recorded 46 positive cases for the virus and a rate of 135.0 per 100,000. In October that rate stood at 704.4 per 100,000.