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13 Covid-linked deaths recorded in latest weekly update

Those aged 75 and over account for 73.8% of the Covid-related deaths registered between March 19 2020 and May 13 2022
Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Thirteen deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in Northern Ireland in the latest weekly update.

The fatalities, which occurred in the week ending May 13, take the total number of coronavirus-linked deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 4,601.

The figure is drawn from different data sources and is always higher than the Department of Health’s total as it provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19.

On May 13, the department had reported 3,438 deaths.

The department’s statistics focus primarily on hospital deaths and include only people who have tested positive for the virus.

Nisra obtains its data from death certificates on which Covid-19 is recorded as a factor by a medical professional, regardless of where the death took place or whether the patient tested positive.

The statistics agency reports its Covid data with a week’s lag.

The Nisra figure includes 3,202 deaths in hospital, 978 in care homes, and 421 at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

Nisra reported that up to May 13, the deaths of 1,281 care home residents were linked to Covid-19, 27.8% of all coronavirus-related deaths.

Covid-19 was also mentioned on the death certificate of 16 of the 322 deaths registered in the week to May 13.

Some of the deaths registered in the week ending May 13 could have taken place before that week as fatalities can take days to register.

Those aged 75 and over account for 73.8% of the Covid-related deaths registered between March 19 2020 and May 13, 2022.

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