Covid-19 related deaths: week ending January 21

Covid-19 related deaths: week ending January 21
By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan


LATEST figures published today by NISRA show that 36 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in Week 3 ending 21 January 2022. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths that occurred up to 21 January 2022 has now reached 4,142.

Of these, 2,896 (69.9%) took place in hospital, 881 (21.3%) in care homes, 16 (0.4%) in hospices and 349 (8.4%) at residential addresses or other locations.

The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health (DoH) to 21 January 2022 was 3,065. 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 1,158 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 21 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 21 January 2022 (week 3, 2022) was 317, 128 less than in week 2 of 2022 and 79 less than the 5-year average (2017-2021) of 396.

Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of 43 (13.6%) of the 317 deaths registered in week 3, the same as the previous week. The total number of Covid-19 related deaths registered since the start of the pandemic is 4,128 up to 21 January 2022.

Persons aged 75 and over accounted for 73.2% of the 4,128 Covid‑19 related deaths registered between 19 March 2020 and 21 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 (12.4% and 8.2% respectively) compared with their share of all deaths in Northern Ireland (10.3 and 6.7% 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 than their respective share of all deaths).

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