NI records first ever Covid related death in child under 15

Northern Ireland has recorded its first ever Covid-19 related death in a child under the age of 15, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

Friday, 6th August 2021, 5:59 pm

The only other detail provided was confirmation that the death occurred between July 24 to July 30 2021.

"Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 75.9% of the 3,015 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between March 19, 2020 and July 30, 2021; however, the latest week’s registration figures include the first Covid-19 related death in Northern Ireland within the under 15 age group," confirmed NISRA on Friday.

Also on Friday, the Department of Health (DoH) recorded an additional four Covid-19 related deaths - taking the total number of deaths to be recorded over the last seven days to 24.

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Some 16 and 17 year-olds availing of the offer of a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at the SSE Arena on Friday morning.

The DoH also recorded 1,434 new infections - taking the total number of infections recorded over the last seven days to 8,299.

There are 37 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units and 28 requiring a ventilator.

Up until midnight on Thursday, there were 226 inpatients with Covid in hospitals across Northern Ireland

It is estimated that one in every 55 people in Northern Ireland had Covid-19 in the week to July 31 - in terms of the proportion of people testing positive for Covid-19, Northern Ireland is the worst in the United Kingdom.

“The latest ONS weekly release on their Covid-19 Infection Survey is good news, for most of the UK at any rate.

Things don’t look good in Northern Ireland, however," Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University told iNews.

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