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291 further coronavirus cases in Ards and North Down

The number of coronavirus cases in Ards and North Down increased by 291 over the weekend, official figures show.

A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.
A Coronavirus testing centre in Dalston, east London. There were a further 6,042 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Saturday, taking the overall number to 429,277. A further 34 deaths were recorded.

The number of coronavirus cases in Ards and North Down increased by 291 over the weekend, official figures show.

A total of 52,663 cases had been confirmed in Ards and North Down when the UK coronavirus daily dashboard was updated on April 4 (Monday), up from 52,372 on Friday.

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The cumulative rate of infection in Ards and North Down, which covers the whole pandemic, stands at 32,497 cases per 100,000 people, far lower than the Northern Ireland average of 36,441.

In England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, if one person tests positive for the virus more than 90 days after the first infection, two infection episodes will be recorded, according to the UK Health Security Agency.

Across the UK, the number of recorded cases increased by 142,807 over the last 24 hours, to 21,359,681.

Free tests in England were withdrawn for most people in the country on April 1, meaning the reported number of coronavirus cases in the UK is likely to be an underestimate.

There were no new coronavirus deaths recorded over the weekend in Ards and North Down.

The dashboard shows 211 people had died in the area by April 4 (Monday) – which was unchanged from Friday.

It means there have been two deaths in the past week, which is a decrease on three the previous week.

They were among 3,342 deaths recorded across Northern Ireland.

The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Ards and North Down.

Daily death counts are revised each day, with each case backdated to the actual date of death, so some areas might see their figures revised down.

Figures reported on a Monday are likely to be lower as a result of a lag in reporting deaths over the weekend.