Another 19 Covid-linked deaths recorded in Northern Ireland weekly update

Nineteen deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the latest weekly update.

By Michael Cousins
Friday, 29th July 2022, 11:15 am
Updated Friday, 29th July 2022, 11:19 am

The fatalities, in the week ending July 22, take the total number of coronavirus-linked deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 4,761.

The figure is drawn from different data sources and is always higher than the Department of Health’s total as it provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19.

The department’s statistics focus primarily on hospital deaths and include only people who have tested positive for the virus.

The latest figure is drawn from different data sources and is always higher than the Department of Health’s total as it provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19.

Nisra obtains its data from death certificates on which Covid-19 is recorded as a factor by a medical professional, regardless of where the death took place or whether the patient tested positive.

The statistics agency reports its Covid data with a week’s lag.

The Nisra figure includes 3,321 deaths in hospital, 995 in care homes and 445 at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

Covid-19 was also mentioned on the death certificate of 27 of the 340 deaths registered in the week to July 22.

Some of the deaths registered in the week ending July 22 could have taken place earlier as they can take days to register.

Those aged 75 and over accounted for 73.9% of the Covid-related deaths registered between March 19, 2020 and July 22 this year.