THE number of people in the Newry, Mourne and Down District who have lost their lives to Covid 19 has reached 300.
The total number of people who have tested positive for the virus is currently 31,895.
In the last seven days alone their has been 1,504 new Covid cases recorded locally.
Latest figures published by NISRA show that 29 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in the week 27 November to 3 December 2021. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 3 December 2021 has now reached 3,913. Of these, 2,715 (69.4%) took place in hospital, 864 (22.1%) in care homes, 15 (0.4%) in hospices and 319 (8.2%) at residential addresses or other locations. The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 3 December 2021 was 2,893. 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 1,137 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 3 December 2021. This accounts for 29.1% 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 3 December 2021 (week 48 2021) was 378, 35 less than in week 47 and 34 more than the 5-year average (2016-2020) of 344.
Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 29 (7.7%) of the 378 deaths registered in week 48, a decrease of 36 from the previous week. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered to 3 December 2021 has now reached 3,898.
Persons 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.
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 8.2% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.6% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh 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).