BT34 records highest number of new Covid cases

Peter Bayne

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Peter Bayne

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Thursday 10 February 2022 1:00

BT34 postcode, with a figure of 1,018, recorded the highest number of new Covid 19 cases in Northern Ireland.

Figures for the final week of January also reveal thart the total number of people who have died from Covid related illnesses locally currently stands at 328.

One covid victim has been reported locally in the last seven days, according to the Department of Health.

In the past week there has been 44 admissions for covid treatent at Southern Trust Health premises.

Figures published by NISRA show that 35 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 4 ending 28 January 2022. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 28 January 2022 has now reached 4,181. Of these, 2,925 (70.0%) took place in hospital, 890 (21.3%) in care homes and 366 (8.8%) at residential addresses, hospices or other locations. The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 28 January 2022 was 3,104. 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 1,171 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 28 January 2022. This accounts for 28.0% 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 28 January 2022 (week 4, 2022) was 336, 19 more than in week 3 of 2022 and 39 less than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 375.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 38 (11.3%) of the 336 deaths registered in week 4, down 5 from the previous week (43). The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,166 up to 28 January 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.2% of the 4,166 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 28 January 2022.

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 (12.3% 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 2.0 percentage points lower than their respective share of all deaths).

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