Spike in 0-19 years positive Covid cases

Peter Bayne

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Peter Bayne

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peter.bayne@newrydemocrat.com

The number of Covid 19 tests carried out in the Newry, Mourne and Down District is nearing the 100,000 mark.

The total number of positive cases now stands at 12,559.

In the last seven days 335 new cases have been reported with 141 recorded in persons aged between 0-19.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 25th June 2021 has now reached 2,981.

Of these, 1,974 (66.2%) took place in hospital, 776 (26.0%) in care homes, 14 (0.5%) in hospices and 217 (7.3%) at residential addresses or other locations. The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to 25th June 2021 was 2,155.

These figures are 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 in hospital, shows that of the 1,012 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 which occurred between 18th March 2020 and 25th June 2021, 76.7% (776) occurred in a care home, with the remaining 236 occurring in hospital. None of these deaths occurred in the latest week. On this basis, deaths of care home residents account for 33.9% of all Covid-19 related deaths; however, no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when 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 25th June 2021 (week 25, 2021) was 319, 6 more than in week 24 and 48 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 271.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of two (0.6%) of the 319 deaths registered in week 25, an increase of one from the previous week. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered to 25th June 2021 has now reached 2,981.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 76.1% of the 2,981 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19th March 2020 and 25th June 2021. Over the period of the pandemic, Antrim & Newtownabbey, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon and Mid-Ulster Local Government Districts have had higher proportions of Covid-19 related deaths (9.7%, 12.0% and 8.4% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (8.0%, 10.4% and 6.5% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths when compared to the proportion of Northern Ireland deaths registered in those areas (2.6 and 2.5 percentage points lower respectively than their share of all deaths).

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