Covid-19: Nisra records fall in Covid-related deaths

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The number of death certificates mentioning Covid-19 has fallen since last week

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificates of 29 people in Northern Ireland in the week up to 3 December.

That is a decrease of 36 on the previous week, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra).

It brings the agency's total, based on mentions of the virus on death certificates, to 3,898.

The Department of Health's total, up to last Friday, based on a positive test being recorded, was 2,893.

Nisra's figures are higher because it records mentions of the virus on death certificates, where it may or may not have been confirmed by way of a test.

Of the agency's measure, more than two-thirds of Covid-19-related deaths have occurred in hospital (69.4%).

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Just under a third of all Covid-19-related deaths were of care home residents

There have been 1,137 care home resident deaths, accounting for slightly less than a third (29.1%) of all Covid-19-related deaths.

People aged 75 and over accounted for 73.7% of the 3,898 Covid-19-related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 3 December 2021.

The provisional number of deaths from all causes registered in the week ending 3 December was 378, a decrease of 36 from the previous week.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon and Mid Ulster council areas have had higher proportions of Covid-19-related deaths (12.4% and 8.2% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.6% respectively), according to the Nisra figures.

The statistics also show that Ards and North Down and Fermanagh and Omagh council areas both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19-related deaths (2.2 and 2.1 percentage points lower respectively than their share of all deaths).