Positive Covid tests almost 68,000 in NMD

Peter Bayne


Peter Bayne



Tuesday 10 May 2022 1:00

ALMOST 68,000 people in the Newry, Mourne and Down District have tested positive for Covid 19.

Latest figures show that the current total presently stands at 67,960.

To date, 359 local people have died from Covid 19 related illnesses.

Latest figures published by NISRA show that 15 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 17 ending 29 April 2022. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 29 April 2022 has now reached 4,572. Of these, 3,182 (69.6%) took place in hospital, 974 (21.3%) in care homes and 416 (9.1%) at residential addresses, hospices or other locations.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 29 April 2022 was 3,421. 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 1,277 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 29 April 2022. This accounts for 27.9% 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 29 April 2022 (week 17, 2022) was 365, 105 more than in week 16 of 2022 and 26 more than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 339.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 28 (7.7%) of the 365 deaths registered in week 17, six more than the previous week (22). The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,564 up to 29 April 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.9% of the 4,564 Covid-19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 29 April 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 (12.4% and 8.1% 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 (2.0 and 1.9 percentage points lower than their respective share of all deaths).

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