Northern Ireland's Covid-19 death toll lowest since October

The weekly Covid-19 death toll has hit the lowest figure since early October.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:11 am
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 11:12 am

The 10 fatalities in the week ending on April 2 is the lowest total since the week ending October 9.

It brings the total recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 2,919.

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

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Northern Ireland has administered 173,772 second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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

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-19 data with a week lag.

The department’s death toll was 2,116 on April 2.

Of the 2,919 Covid-19 related deaths recorded by Nisra, 1,920 (65.8%) took place in hospital, 770 (26.4%) in care homes, 14 (0.5%) in hospices and 215 (7.4%) at residential addresses or other locations.

Nisra reported that up to April 2, the deaths of 1,006 care home residents were linked to Covid-19.

The figure included 770 in care homes and 236 residents who died in hospital having been moved there for treatment.

Care home residents make up about 35% of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to Nisra.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 12 (4.2%) of the 288 deaths registered in the week ending April 2, a decrease of seven from the previous week.

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