Forty deaths linked to Covid-19 recorded in Northern Ireland last week

Nisra says a total of 3,881 people have died of disease since pandemic began

Forty deaths in Northern Ireland  linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in the latest weekly update. Photograph: iStock

Forty deaths in Northern Ireland linked to Covid-19 have been recorded in the latest weekly update. Photograph: iStock

 

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

The total, compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra), was recorded in the week ending November 26th and represents a drop of four on the previous week.

A total of 3,881 coronavirus-linked fatalities have been recorded by Nisra to date.

The Nisra figures on deaths are drawn from different data sources and are always higher than those published by the North’s Department of Health as the agency’s research provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19. On November 26th, the department had reported 2,867 deaths.

The department’s statistics focus primarily on hospital deaths and only include 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 lag.

The Nisra figure includes 2,691 deaths in hospital, 863 in care homes, 15 in hospices and 312 at residential addresses or other locations.

Care home residents

Nisra reported that, up to November 26th, the deaths of 1,136 care home residents were linked to Covid-19, 29.3 per cent of all coronavirus-related deaths in the North.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 65 of the 413 deaths registered in week to November 26th. Some of the fatalities registered in the week November 20th to 26th could have occurred before that week, as deaths can take a number of days to register.

Those aged 75 and over accounted for 73.8 per cent of the 3,869 Covid-19 related deaths registered between March 19th, 2020 and November 26th, 2021. – PA