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COVID-19 related deaths: week ending 28th August 2020

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Latest figures published today by NISRA show that two deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in the last week, from 22nd to 28th August. The total COVID-19 related deaths figure stands at 873.

Of this total, 462 (52.9%) took place in hospital, 351 (40.2%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 52 (6.0%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 359 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 81 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 28th August was 561. 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. 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 432 deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 in the year to date to 28th August 2020, 81.3% (351) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 81 occurring in hospital. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 49.5% 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 28th August 2020 (week 34) was 303, 10 less than in week 33 and 44 more than the 5-year average of 259. Over the last 22 weeks in total, 1,142 ‘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 28th August totalling 883.

COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of four (1.3%) of the 303 deaths registered in week 34. This is two less than last week (week 33) and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year up to 28th August to 873.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (64.8%) of all deaths and 79.5% of COVID‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 28th August.

For COVID-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 249 (28.5%) of the 873 deaths registered in the calendar year to 28th August.

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