POSITIVE cases of Covid 19 in Newry, Mourne and Down, are beginning to decrease.
Latest figures from the Department of Health put the number of new positive cases locally at 523, a significant drop on the previous four weeks.
Since figures have been recorded for Covid 19, the number of positive cases in NMD currently stands at 22,575.
The highest number of new Covid cases locally was recorded in the 0-19 age group with 258 new cases.
On Friday, the number of ICU beds occupied by Covid 19 in Craigavon Area Hospital was 7.
To date, 263 victims of Covid 19 have been recorded in the Newry, Mourne and Down District.
Latest figures published by NISRA show that 38 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week 18 September to 24 September 2021. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 24 September 2021 has now reached 3,443. Of these, 2,345 (68.1%) took place in hospital, 829 (24.1%) in care homes, 14 (0.4%) in hospices and 255 (7.4%) at residential addresses or other locations. The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 24 September 2021 was 2,538. 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 1,089 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 (including deaths that took place somewhere other than the care home) occurring between 18 March 2020 and 24 September 2021. This accounts for 31.6% 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 24 September 2021 (week 38, 2021) was 351, 23 less than in week 37 and 55 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 296.
Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 55 (15.7%) of the 351 deaths registered in week 38, a decrease of eight from the previous week. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered to 24 September 2021 has now reached 3,425.
Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 74.7% of the 3,425 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 24 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 8.3% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.3% and 6.6% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths (2.8 and 2.2 percentage points lower respectively than their share of all deaths).