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Total Covid-19 deaths at 887, Nisra figures show

The number of deaths in the north linked to Covid-19 now stands at 887 
Michael McHugh, PA

Eight deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week ending September 11 in Northern Ireland, according to figures released this morning by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra).

The overall toll stands at 887.

Half took place in hospital and 40 per cent in care homes.

The 360 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 81 separate establishments, Nisra said.

The comparative number of fatalities reported daily by the Department of Health to September 11 was 570.

These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the Nisra figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals.

They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.

Of the 433 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 in the year to date to September 11, 81 per cent (352) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 81 occurring in hospital.

Deaths of care home residents account for 49 per cent of all Covid-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease.

The figures were released as coronavirus restrictions have been extended to parts of Co Armagh.

The Department of Health yesterday published its estimated Covid-19 reproduction number at 1.2 - with an average of 90.3 people testing positive every day.

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