NI records fewest deaths in seven day period since October

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has recorded the fewest number of Covid-19 related deaths to occur within a period of seven days for the first time in four months.

Latest figures published today by NISRA show that 61 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week 13th to 19th February 2021. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 19th February 2021 has now reached 2,768.

The last time NISRA recorded deaths fewer than 61 was for the week ending October 23, 2020 when 37 deaths were recorded.

Of the 2,768 Covid-19 related deaths, 1,802 (65.1%) took place in hospital, 753 (27.2%) in care homes, 13 (0.5%) in hospices and 200 (7.2) at residential addresses or other locations. The 766 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 176 separate establishments.

Deaths in Northern Ireland are continuing to fall.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 19th February 2021 was 2,026. 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 983 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 which occurred between 18th March 2020 and 19th February 2021, 76.6% (753) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 230 occurring in hospital. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 35.5% 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 19th February 2021 (week 7, 2021) was 352, 30 less than week 6, and 41 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 311.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 78 (22.2%) of the 352 deaths registered in week 7, 2021, a fall from the previous week’s 99 Covid-19 related deaths and the fourth consecutive fall in the registration based series since the recent peak of 182 Covid-19 related deaths registered in the week ending 22nd January. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered to 19th February 2021 has now reached 2,751.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 76.8% of the 2,751 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19th March 2020 and 19th February 2021. Seven Local Government districts had a higher proportion of all Covid-19 related deaths compared with their share of all deaths. Mid-Ulster had the highest proportion of Covid-19 related deaths (7.9%) relative to its share of all deaths (6.4%) in Northern Ireland.

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