Four Winds, Carryduff lowest rates in the city

THE rate of infection of Covid-19 in South Belfast is the lowest in the city, according to the latest figures. 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 (January 18-24).

Across Belfast, the number of new positive cases in each postcode recorded this week has dropped significantly as lockdown restrictions remain in place.  

BT8 (Saintfield Road, Four Winds, Carryduff, Knockbreda, Newtownbreda) recorded the lowest rate, 109.2 and 33 new positive cases.  

BT7 which covers the Ormeau, Botanic and University areas, now has the highest rate of 167.4, but it has dropped from last week (181.3).

The Finaghy postcode of BT10, which had been worst affected in the south of the city, also recorded a reduced rate of 134.1 (down from 283.9) and a further 17 new positive cases.

BT9 – Malone, Lisburn Road, Taughmonagh and Stranmillis – areas recorded the most new positive cases in South Belfast (37) and a rate of 130.0 (down from 235.4).

West Belfast still recorded the most positive cases with 340 (down from 405) followed by East Belfast with (192 – down from 256), North Belfast (137- – down from 146) and South Belfast (123 – down from 186).

BT11, which covers Andersonstown, Lenadoon, Suffolk, Ladybrook and Turf Lodge, once again recorded the highest rate in the city per 100,000 people of 399.1 (down from 466.6) and a further 109 new positive cases. Elsewhere in West Belfast, BT13, which covers Clonard, Shankill Road, Woodvale, Ballygomartin, Springmartin, Glencairn and Highfield areas recorded the second highest rate in the city of 227.4 and 82 new positive cases.

BT17 which includes Dunmurry, Hannahstown, Twinbrook, Poleglass and Lagmore, recorded 84 new cases and a rate of 246.2. BT12 which covers Whiterock, Sandy Row, The Village and parts of the lower Falls Road recorded 65 new positive cases and a rate of 219.7.

In North Belfast, there was a slight increase in one postcode. BT14, which covers Crumlin Road, Ballysillan and Ardoyne, recorded 80 new positive cases and a rate of 236.8 (up from 219.1). BT15, which covers York Road, Antrim Road and Sailortown, recorded a lower rate of 213.1 – down from 269.2. A further 57 positive cases were recorded.

In East Belfast, BT5 (Castlereagh, Ciarawood, Crossnacreevy, Gilnahirk, Knock, Braniel and Ballyhackamore) remains the worst affected postcode in that part of the city. BT5 recorded a rate of 258.2 – down slightly from 293.6 with a further 102 new positive cases. BT4 (Sydenham, Belmont, Stormont) is next highest with a rate of 176.9 (down from 203.8) and 46 new positive cases of the virus. BT6 (Castlereagh, Woodstock, Cregagh, Knockbreda) recorded a rate of 140.4 (down from 277.5) and 44 new positive cases.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health  will have offered everyone over 65 a vaccine by the end of next month.  Among plans outlined this week, a twin track approach is being initiated with both GP practices and the regional vaccination centres vaccinating members of the public from prioritised groups.

This expansion of the programme will cover everyone aged 65 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to Covid-19. As well as completing the 80 plus age group which is currently taking place, GPs will also be vaccinating those aged 70-79, as well as a large proportion of those who are CEV. The Trust-run regional vaccination centres have this week started vaccinating those CEV patients who regularly attend hospital