Over 4,000 admitted and discharged from local Hospitals with Covid 19

Peter Bayne

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Peter Bayne

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peter.bayne@newrydemocrat.com

Thursday 17 March 2022 0:00

DAISY Hill Hospital in Newry has admitted and discharged nearly 1.000 patients with Covid 19 since the pandemic began.

Craigavon Area Hospital has dealth with almost 3,200 admission during that same period.

Latest figures show that in the last seven days there has been 1,162 new cases of Covid 19 reported in the newry, Mourne and Down District.

The number of Covid 19 related fatalities in NMD currently stands at 341.

In neighbouring Armagh/Banbridge and Craigavon the number of deaths related to Covid 19 is 543. Latest figures published today by NISRA show that 27 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 9 ending 4 March 2022. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 4 March 2022 has now reached 4,347. Of these, 3,021 (69.5%) took place in hospital, 937 (21.6%) in care homes and 389 (8.9%) at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 4 March 2022 was 3,228. 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 1,229 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 (including deaths that took place in a hospice, hospital, care home or elsewhere) occurring between 18 March 2020 and 4 March 2022. This accounts for 28.3% 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 4 March 2022 (week 9, 2022) was 338, eleven more than in week 8 of 2022 and four fewer than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 342.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 34 (10.1%) of the 338 deaths registered in week 9, one more than the previous week (33). The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,334 up to 4 March 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.4% of the 4,334 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 4 March 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 (12.5% and 8.2% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.4% and 6.7% respectively). Conversely, Ards & North Down and Fermanagh & Omagh both have relatively low shares of registered Covid-19 related deaths (both 2.1 percentage points lower than their respective share of all deaths).

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