Highest Covid 19 cases in younger generation locally

Peter Bayne

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Peter Bayne

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peter.bayne@newrydemocrat.com

Thursday 23 September 2021 6:38

ALMOST a half (315) of the new positive covid 19 cases in the Newry Mourne and Down District have been recorded in the 0-19 age bracket.

Figures released from the Department of Health show that from September 10-16 some 736 new covid 19 cases were recorded locally.

In the BT postcode areas of BT34/35 some 402 new positive cases were detected.

The number of people to die from the virus locally stabnds at 257 with 409 deaths recorded in the neighbouring district of Armagh/Banbridge and Craiagvon.

Latest figures published on Friday by NISRA show that 47 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week 4th September to 10th September 2021. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 10th September 2021 has now reached 3,326. Of these, 2,250 (67.6%) took place in hospital, 815 (24.5%) in care homes, 14 (0.4%) in hospices and 247 (7.4%) at residential addresses or other locations. The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 10th September 2021 was 2,445. 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 1,067 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 10th September 2021. This accounts for 32.1% 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 10th September 2021 (week 36, 2021) was 377, 37 more than in week 35 and 89 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 288.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 61 (16.2%) of the 377 deaths registered in week 36, a decrease of three from the previous week. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered to 10th September 2021 has now reached 3,307.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 75.0% of the 3,307 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19th March 2020 and 10th September 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 (12.4% and 8.1% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.5% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths (2.8 and 2.3 percentage points lower respectively than their share of all deaths).

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