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Coronavirus: Rising deaths for the first time since mid-June



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The number of weekly coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland has risen for the first time since mid-June.

The virus was mentioned in the death certificates of seven people as of Friday, July 24, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra).

This is five more than a week ago.

Using the measure based on Nisra death certificate information, there were 853 Covid-1

9-related deaths as of last Friday.

The figure based on the Department of Health positive test for the same date was 556.

NISRA said there were 448 hospital deaths (52.5%).

Eighty of those people were usually residents of care homes – a figure unchanged from last week.

Taking that figure and 349 who died in care homes, it means residents of care homes account for half of all Covid-19-related deaths.

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Closing week on July 24th

Statistics and Research Agency of Northern Ireland (Nisra)

Eight people died at hotels (0.9%) and 49 at residential addresses or other locations (5.7%), both figures unchanged.

People aged 75 and over account for 80% of all Covid-19-related deaths.

‘Excessive deaths’

The temporary death toll between Friday the 17th and Friday the 24th of July was 307-67 more than last week and 42 higher than the five-year average (265).

This five-year death rate is used to compare the number of weekly deaths that would normally be recorded at this time of year.

Nisra also recorded the number of “surplus deaths” recorded in the past 17 weeks as 1,040.

Its measure captures all coronavirus-related deaths – those involving confirmed infections listed in the health department’s daily figures, as well as suspected cases in which the coronavirus is mentioned on the death certificate.


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