Close to 900 Covid-related deaths registered in Northern Ireland
There have been almost 900 deaths linked to Covid-19 registered in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began, according to figures released this morning.
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) said that up until September 18, 891 deaths involving the virus were registered.
Last week, eight deaths linked to coronavirus were registered, one more than Nisra's total for the previous week.
The Department of Health has recorded 577 deaths so far in the pandemic. Nisra records all cases where Covid is mentioned on the death certificate whereas the Department of Health only includes those who died following a positive test.
Nisra said that of the 891 deaths they recorded, 479 took place in hospital, 355 in care homes, eight in hospices and 54 at other locations including residential addresses.
The 363 deaths which occurred in care homes and hospices involved 84 separate establishments.
Nisra also provides an analysis around the total number of care home residents who have died, whether in their home or in hospital, having been transferred for treatment.
Up to September 18, the deaths of 436 care home residents were linked to coronavirus, 81 of which occurred in hospital.
Care home residents make up just under 50 per cent of all deaths linked to Covid-19.