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COVID-19 related deaths: week ending 8th May

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Latest figures published today by NISRA show that 77 deaths involving COVID-19 occurred in the last week, from 2nd to 8th May. Of these, 37 occurred in hospital, 36 in care homes, one in a hospice and three at residential addresses.

Up until the period ending 8th May, a total of 599 deaths involving COVID‑19 occurred: 294 (49.1%) of which took place in hospital, 269 (44.9%) in care homes, five (0.8%) in hospices and 31 (5.2%) at residential addresses or other locations.

The 274 deaths in care homes and hospices involved 71 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 8th May was 432. These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas 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.

Separate analyses based on the date of death registration, shows that the provisional number of total deaths registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 8th May 2020 (week 18) was 336, 91 fewer than in week 17, but 62 more than the five year average of 274. Over the last six weeks in total, 766 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland.

COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate for 84 (25.0%) of the 336 deaths registered in week 18, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year 2020 to 578.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (67%) of all deaths and 78.2% of COVID‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 8th May.

The weekly deaths statistics now include new information relating to death registrations by Local Government District (LGD) for all deaths and COVID-19 related deaths specifically. For COVID-19 related deaths, the largest number was in Belfast LGD, accounting for 173 (29.9%) of the 578 deaths registered in the calendar year to 8th May.

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