Four Covid-19-related deaths in Northern Ireland according to latest available NISRA figures

Four deaths linked to Covid-19 were recorded in Northern Ireland in the latest week to be subjected to statistical analysis.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 10:54 am

The deaths in the week of May 15 to 21 took the total number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 2,972.

The Nisra data provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19 than the death toll reported by Stormont’s Department of Health.

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

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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 reported its Covid-19 data with a week’s lag.

The comparative number of deaths reported by the Department of Health to May 21 was 2,152.

Of the 2,972 Covid-19-related deaths reported by Nisra, 1,968 (66.2%) took place in hospital, 774 (26.0%) in care homes, 14 (0.5%) in hospices and 216 (7.3%) at residential addresses or other locations.

Nisra reported that up to May 21, the deaths of 1,011 care home residents were linked to Covid-19.

The figure includes 774 deaths that took place in care homes, and a further 237 care home residents who died in hospital having been taken there for treatment.

Care home residents made up 34.1% of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to Nisra.

The agency also reported that people aged 75 and over accounted for 76.1% of the deaths linked to Covid-19.