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Coronavirus deaths more than halve in a week

A total of 779 people have died from coronavirus in the north, according to Nisra figures

Coronavirus deaths have more than halved in a week, with recorded fatalities falling for the sixth week in a row.

A total of 779 people have died from the disease in the north.

 In the week up to June 5, 20 deaths were recorded, compared with 49 and 53 in the previous two weeks respectively.

The week ending April 24 saw the highest number of deaths, with 128 recorded.

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The figures were released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) this morning.

The body records all deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned on a death certificate.

Daily death figures released by the Department of Health mainly cover coronavirus fatalities in hospital.

Nisra's figures are substantially higher than those released by the department, with a disparity of more than 200 deaths.

Over the same period, the department reported 537 fatalities.

Of the total number of deaths recorded by Nisra, 395 (50.7%) took place in hospital, 334 (42.9%) happened in care homes, eight (1.0%) in hospices and 42 (5.4%) at residential addresses or other locations. 

A total of 78 care homes and hospices reported coronavirus deaths. 

Care home residents and those aged over 75 are more likely to die from coronavirus in the north, statistics show

However, Nisra said that further analysis of the figures, including deaths of care home residents in hospital, showed that of the 404 care home residents who died of the disease up to June 5,  334 (82.7%) deaths happened in a care home, with the remaining 70 occurring in hospital. 

Taking those figures into account, care home residents accounted for 51.9% of all Covid-19 related deaths.

People aged 75 accounted for 79.7% of Covid-19 related deaths.

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