The number of weekly coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland has risen for the first time since mid-June.
According to the Northern Ireland Bureau of Statistics and Research (Nisra), the virus was mentioned in the death certificates of seven people by Friday, July 24th.
That’s five more than a week ago.
As of Nisra̵7;s death certificate-based tool, 853 Covid-19 deaths occurred as of last Friday.
On the same day, the Department of Health tested positive for 556.
NISRA said 448 people (52.5 percent) died at the hospital.
Eighty of those usually lived in a care home, a number that has not changed since last week.
Given this number and the 349 who died in care homes, this means that care home residents account for half of all Covid-19-related deaths.
Week ending July 24th
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (Nisra)
Eight people died in hospitals (0.9%) and 49 in residential or non-residential settings (5.7%), both figures unchanged.
People aged 75 and over account for 80% of all Covid-19-related deaths.
“Too many deaths”
Provisional number of all deaths as of July 17. Until Friday, July 24. There were 307 to 67 more than last week and 42 more than the five-year average (265).
This five-year death rate is used to compare the number of weekly deaths that would normally be recorded at this time of year.
Nisra also recorded 1,040 “excessive deaths” in the last 17 weeks.
Its measure covers all cases of coronavirus-related deaths related to confirmed infections reported in the Department of Health’s daily data, as well as suspected cases of coronavirus listed in the death certificate.