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Four coronavirus deaths registered last week

Four deaths from coronavirus were registered in the north last week

Four coronavirus deaths were registered in Northern Ireland last week, according to new figures.

The figure is lower than the previous week, when six deaths were registered.

A total of 873 people in the north have died from the disease.

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.

Over the same period, the department reported 561 fatalities.

Of the 873 deaths recorded by Nisra, 462 (52.9%) happened in hospital, 351 (40.2%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 52 (6.0%) at residential addresses or other locations.

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

Care home residents make up almost half of all coronavirus deaths, with 432 fatalities.

People aged 75 and over accounted for almost 80% of all Covid-19 deaths.



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