52 Covid-19 related deaths occurred in Northern Ireland last week

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Official figures show that 52 Covid-19 related deaths occurred in Northern Ireland last week.

It brings the death toll according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency to 3,200 - up until the 27th of August.

In comparison, the department of health recorded 2,340 up until the same date.

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.

There was a total of 1,050 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 occurring between 18th March 2020 and 27th August 2021.

This accounts for 32.8% of all Covid-19 related deaths.

Separate analysis shows that the provisional number of total deaths from all causes registered in Northern Ireland in the week ending 27th August 2021 was 299  29 more than the 5-year average of 270.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 75.5% of the 3,182 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19th March 2020 and 27th August 2021.

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 compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland.

However, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths.

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