Figures showing the postcodes with the highest number of Covid cases in Northern Ireland have been released by the Department of Health.
The figures are based on the seven days to January 10, with an interactive postal district map showing the number of people in different areas who have tested positive for Covid-19.
It shows that from January 4 to January 11, the BT35 postcode had the highest infection rate in Northern Ireland at 1,349.0 per 100,000 people.
The BT3 area recorded the lowest number of cases, the DoH dashboard recorded one case in the last week.
On Monday, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) said hospitals were near breaking point over the weekend leading to an urgent call for off-duty staff to help.
Top 15 hardest hit areas in NI by Postal District (Jan 4-Jan 10)
- BT35 – 654 positive cases – 2,455 individuals tested
- BT34 – 375 positive cases – 2,001 individuals tested
- BT60 – 370 positive cases – 1,413 individuals tested
- BT71 – 342 positive cases – 1,590 individuals tested
- BT41 – 319 positive cases – 1,520 individuals tested
- BT48 – 319 positive cases – 2,013 individuals tested
- BT47 – 276 positive cases – 1,865 individuals tested
- BT36 – 274 positive cases – 1,353 individuals tested
- BT45 – 257 positive cases – 1,318 individuals tested
- BT62 – 229 positive cases – 956 individuals tested
- BT17 – 220 positive cases – 1,218 individuals tested
- BT11 – 215 positive cases – 954 individuals tested
- BT66 – 203 positive cases – 919 individuals tested
- BT40 – 196 positive cases – 904 individuals tested
- BT15 – 174 positive cases – 982 individuals tested
Michael McBride said Northern Ireland is seeing the “greatest challenge to our health service.”
It comes after hospitals across the country put out an urgent SOS call to off-duty staff as pressures mounted on Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking to BBC radio on Monday, the CMO said: “There is no doubt that pressure will increase further and we have not reached that peak yet. Beginning next week things will get worse. I anticipate we will see a sustained period of pressure on our health service. Staff will be stretched physically and mentally in ways they have not seen before.
“People just need to stay at home. Every time you leave your home and come in contact with another person, you must assume that person is carrying Covid. On average 1 in 60 people in Northern Ireland have Covid. We all have our part to play.”