Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland now stands at 915

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Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Latest figures published today by NISRA show that seven deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the last week, from 3 to 9 October. 


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The total Covid-19 related deaths figure stands at 915.

Of this total, 495 (54.1%) took place in a hospital, 356 (38.9%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 56 (6.1%) at residential addresses or other locations.



364 deaths in Northern Ireland care homes

The 364 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 85 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 9 October was 587.

These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the NISRA figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals.


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They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.

Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 437 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 in the year to date to 9 October 2020, 81.5% (356) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 81 occurring in the hospital.



Deaths of care home residents account for 47.8% of all Covid-19 related deaths

On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 47.8% of all Covid-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.

Separate analyses based on the date of death registration shows that the provisional number of total deaths from all causes registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 9 October 2020 (week 40) was 348, 20 more than in week 39 and 48 more than the 5-year average of 300.



1,305 ‘excess deaths’over the last 28 weeks

Over the last 28 weeks in total, 1,305 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland, with the number of ‘excess deaths’ in the year to date to 9 October totalling 1,046.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of eleven (3.2%) of the 348 deaths registered in week 40. 

This is nine more than last week (week 39) and brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year up to 9 October to 913.



Over 75’s account for two thirds of all deaths

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (64.6%) of all deaths and 79.0% of Covid 19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 9th October.

For Covid-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 258 (28.3%) of the 913 deaths registered in the calendar year to 9 October.


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