OVER 900 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Newry, Mourne and Down District.
The total number of positive cases since the pandemic began now stands at 18,047.
Latest figures from the Department of Health show that during a twenty four hour period (18-19 September) no fewer than 241 new cases were recorded in the local District.
The highest number of new cases came in the 0-19 age group, 301, followed by 286 in those aged between 20-39.
The number of Delta Variant cases currently stands at 1256 with another 1388 Delta Probable.
Latest figures published on Friday by NISRA show that 34 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week 7th August to 13th August 2021.
The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 13th August 2021 has now reached 3,100. Of these, 2,062 (66.5%) took place in hospital, 791 (25.5%) in care homes, 14 (0.5%) in hospices and 233 (7.5%) at residential addresses or other locations. The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 13th August 2021 was 2,247. 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 1,035 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 (including deaths that took place somewhere other than the care home) occurring between 18th March 2020 and 13th August 2021. This accounts for 33.4% 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 13th August 2021 (week 32, 2021) was 331, 11 less than in week 31 and 60 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 271.
Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 40 (12.1%) of the 331 deaths registered in week 32, an increase of nine from the previous week, and the largest number of Covid-19 related deaths registered in one week since week ending 26th February 2021 (55). The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered to 13th August 2021 has now reached 3,086.
Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 75.6% of the 3,086 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19th March 2020 and 13th August 2021.
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 (12.1% and 8.1% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.3% and 6.5% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths (2.7 and 2.5 percentage points lower respectively than their share of all deaths).