One further Covid-19 death confirmed in latest weekly update

One Covid-linked death occurred in Northern Ireland in the latest week subjected to statistical analysis.

The fatality in the week June 19-25 takes the total number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 2,981.

The Nisra data provides a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19 than the daily death toll reported by Stormont’s Department of Health.

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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-19 data with a week lag.

The department’s death toll stood at 2,155 on June 25.

Of the 2,981 deaths recorded by Nisra by June 25, 1,974 (66%) occurred in hospitals, 776 (26%) in care homes, 14 (0.5%) in hospices and 217 (7%) at residential addresses or other locations.

Nisra reported that up to June 25, the deaths of 1,012 care home residents were linked to Covid-19.

The figure includes the 776 deaths that took place in care homes, and a further 236 care home residents who died in hospital having been taken there for treatment.

Care home residents make up about 34% of deaths linked to Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to Nisra.

In the week ending June 25, two coronavirus-linked deaths were officially registered in Northern Ireland.