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Coronavirus deaths rise for first time since mid-June

The number of coronavirus deaths has risen for the first time since mid-June

The number of coronavirus deaths registered in a week has risen for the first time since mid-June.

Seven people died from the disease in the week ending July 24, according to deaths registered.

The previous week saw two deaths reported.

Deaths had dropped week-on-week from June 12. And the number of weekly deaths is much lower that the peak of April 24, which saw 128 coronavirus deaths registered that week.

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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 almost 300 deaths.

Nisra has recorded 854 coronavirus deaths.

Figures released by the department to date show that the number of fatalities it has recorded stands at 556.

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 854 lives in the north

Of the 854 deaths recorded by Nisra, 448 (52.5%) took place in hospital, 349 (40.9%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 49 (5.7%) at residential addresses or other locations. 

Deaths were recorded at a total of 81 care homes and hospices.

Of the 429 care home residents who have died 349 passed away in a care home, with the remaining 80 occurring in hospital.

Care home residents account for 50.2% of all coronavirus deaths.

People aged over 75 are more likely to die from the disease than any other age group.

Around 80% of all coronavirus deaths recorded were in the over-75 group.

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