ABC council area one of hardest hit by Covid-19

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LATEST figures published on Friday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency show that 15 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 17 ending April 29.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to April 29 has now reached 4,572 provincewide. Of these, 3,182 (69.6%) took place in hospital, 974 (21.3%) in care homes and 416 (9.1%) at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

In the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area there have been 565 Covid-19 related deaths from March 2020 to April 29, 2022.

It places the area second only behind Belfast (on 822 deaths) in terms of Covid-19 related deaths.

For Newry, Mourne and District Council area there have been 359 Covid related deaths.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to April 29, 2022 was 3,421.

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 1,277 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 (including deaths that took place in a hospice, hospital, care home or elsewhere) occurring between March 18, 2020 and April 29, 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 April 29, 2022 (week 17, 2022) was 365, 105 more than in week 16 of 2022 and 26 more than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 339.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 28 (7.7%) of the 365 deaths registered in week 17, six more than the previous week (22).

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,564 up to April 29, 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.9% of the 4,564 Covid-19 related deaths registered between March 19, 2020 and April 29, 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 1.9 percentage points lower than their respective share of all deaths).

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