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Latest NISRA report indicates nine deaths due to Covid-19 over week-long period

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health up until June 26 was 550

There were nine deaths over the last full week in June due to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

That’s according to the weekly Friday update from NISRA, and covers the period June 20 to 26.

Latest figures published today indicate the total of COVID-19 related deaths is now 826.

Of this total, 427 (51.7%) took place in hospital, 343 (41.5%) in care homes, eight (1.0%) in hospices and 48 (5.8%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 351 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 79 separate establishments.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 26th June was 550.

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 417 deaths of care home residents involving COVID-19 in the year to date to 26th June 2020, 82.3% (343) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 74 occurring in hospital. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 50.5% 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 26th June 2020 (week 25) was 295, five more than in week 24 and 25 more than the five-year average of 270.

Over the last 13 weeks in total, 1,001 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland, with the number of ‘excess deaths’ in the year to date to 26th June totalling 742.

COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate for 12 (4.1%) of the 295 deaths registered in week 25. This is five fewer than last week (week 24) and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths registered in the calendar year 2020 to 824.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (66.1%) of all deaths and 80.0% of COVID‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to 26th June.

For COVID-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 239 (29.0%) of the 824 deaths registered in the calendar year to 26th June.

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