The number of patients in Northern Ireland with no underlying health problems who have died from Covid-19, has been revealed.
More than 6% of Covid-linked deaths here have occurred in patients who showed no other health problems.
In the 41 weeks from April 3 to the end of the year, a total of 113 people died from Covid-19 with no other factors contributing to their passing.
Department of Health figures registered the first death associated with Covid-19 in the week starting March 20, 2020. Three days later Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the UK into lockdown.
Deaths where the virus was listed as the sole reason for death were initially noted in the first week of April.
Within three weeks the deaths of 65 people were attributed to the Covid19 virus plus other conditions and the deaths of three people were registered as Covid 19 being the sole cause.
Over the following 15 weeks to July 17, another 791 people died and 61 people with no underlying illness or injury, succumbed to the virus.
After that no further Covid-only deaths were registered for a further 10 weeks until the end of September, when one more was recorded.
From the week beginning October 23, Covid-only deaths started to occur again with a further 51 people dying solely from the virus in the 11 weeks to the end of the year.
The number of Covid-only deaths last year accounted for 6.2% of the 1,831 total.
A spokesperson from the Department of Finance, responding to a Freedom of Information request confirmed their figures were gathered from NISRA.
They stated: “NISRA included deaths which mentioned only Covid-19 with or without pneumonia in Part 1 of the death certificate. Pneumonia was included as discussions with the Department of Health at the start of the pandemic indicated that certifying doctors may have made no distinction between Covid-19 and Covid-19 pneumonia.
“This selected 113 (6.2%) of the 1,831 Covid-19 related deaths up to 31st December 2020.
“However, it is important to note that the death certificate does not contain a ‘sole cause’ of death but consists of 2 parts.
“Part 1 contains the disease or condition directly leading to death and any antecedent causes i.e. conditions that gave rise to the condition leading to death, with the underlying cause stated last.
“There were 807 deaths up to end September 2020 where antecedent causes may have been mentioned but Covid-19 was determined as the underlying cause of death. Part 2 contains significant conditions that contributed, but were not related to the diseases causing the death.”
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