More than 100 Covid-19 related deaths have occurred in the latest week recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistic and Reseach Agency.
There were a total of 103 deaths “involving Covid-19” in the week January 30 to February 5, the Agency said in its weekly bulletin.
The total number of Covid-19 related deaths up to February 5, 2021 has now reached 2,614, they say. The weekly figures are down on the last three weeks when the Agency registered 156, 150 and 124 deaths with the lowest figure last week.
In terms of ‘excess deaths’, the figures also show that the total number of people who died in the week to February 5 was 462, which is 125 more than the 5-year average of 337.
NISRA says that of the total of 2,614 Covid-19 related deaths, 1,676 (64.1%) took place in hospital, 737 (28.2%) in care homes, 13 (0.5%) in hospices and 188 (7.2%) at residential addresses or other locations. The 750 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 174 separate establishments, the say.
The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to February 5 was 1,923. The Department’s figures are based on patients “having previously tested positive for the virus”, whereas NISRA figures are based on the “information entered on death certificates completed by medical professionals”.
The Agency adds: “Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 961 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 which occurred between 18th March 2020 and 5th February 2021, 76.7% (737) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 224 occurring in hospital.
“On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 36.8% of all Covid-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.”
They also say that 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 5th February 2021 (week 5, 2021) was 462, 25 more than week 4, and 125 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 337”.
Covid-19 was “mentioned on the death certificate of 126 (27.3%) of the 462 deaths registered in week 5, 2021, a fall from the previous week’s 137 Covid-19 related deaths and the second 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 February 5 has now reached 2,574 according to this measure which varies from the earlier one due a lag in paperwork.
NISRA adds: “Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 77.2% of the 2,574 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19th March 2020 and 5th February 2021. Antrim and Newtownabbey, and Mid-Ulster have higher proportions of all Covid-19 related deaths (9.9% and 7.7% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (8.3% and 6.4% respectively).”
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