Covid-19 related deaths: week ending May 6

Covid-19 related deaths: week ending May 6
By Damian Mullan

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By Damian Mullan

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damianmullan@hotmail.co.uk

Latest figures published today by NISRA show that three deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 18 ending 6 May 2022. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 6 May 2022 has now reached 4,584. Of these, 3,190 (69.6%) took place in hospital, 976 (21.3%) in care homes and 418 (9.1%) at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 6 May 2022 was 3,427. The DoH count is 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 and therefore include both confirmed and suspected cases, and where Covid-19 was either a contributor to or the main cause of death.

Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents by place of death, shows that there was a total of 1,280 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 (including deaths that took place in a hospice, hospital, care home or elsewhere) occurring between 18 March 2020 and 6 May 2022. This accounts for 27.9% of all Covid-19 related deaths. However, no assumptions can be made in relation to where the deceased contracted the disease.

Separate analysis, based on the date of death registration, shows that the provisional number of total deaths from all causes registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 6 May 2022 (week 18, 2022) was 281, 84 less than in week 17 of 2022 and five more than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 276.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 16 (5.7%) of the 281 deaths registered in week 18, 12 less than the previous week (28). The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,580 up to 6 May 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.8% of the 4,580 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 6 May 2022.

Over the period of the pandemic, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon and Mid-Ulster Local Government Districts have had higher proportions of Covid-19 related deaths (12.4% and 8.1% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.7% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths (2.0 and 1.8 percentage points lower than their respective share of all deaths).

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