26 more Covid-related deaths recorded in weekly Northern Ireland update

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

The deaths, in the week ending July 15, bring the total number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra) to 4,738.

The figure is taken from different data sources and is always higher than the Department of Health’s total as it gives a broader picture of the impact of Covid-19.

The department’s statistics focus primarily on hospital deaths and only include those who tested positive for the virus.

Nisra gets its data from death certificates on which Covid-19 is recorded as a factor by a medical professional, regardless of where the death occurred or whether the patient tested positive.

The statistics agency reports its Covid data with a week lag.

Nisra’s figure includes 3,303 deaths in hospital, 993 in care homes and 442 at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

Covid-19 was also mentioned on the death certificates of 27 of the 249 deaths recorded in the week to July 15. It was the fourth week in a row that the number of recorded Covid-related deaths rose in Northern Ireland.

Some of the deaths recorded in the week ending July 15 could have taken place even earlier as recording them can take days.

People aged 75 and over accounted for 73.8% of Covid-related deaths recorded between March 19, 2020 and July 15 this year.